For Stafford Rangers, the last few months may have been filled with twice weekly player and coaching staff Zoom calls but with the 2020/21 season now officially curtailed, Rangers boss Matt Hill is now concentrating solely on what needs to be done in advance of the new season in August and putting building blocks in place.
His first objective has been to ensure he has got the nucleus of an excellent back room staff.
Matt is delighted to announce the immediate appointment of Dale Belford as First Team Assistant Manager. Dale started his playing days at Aston Villa and made over 1,000 professional and semi pro appearances in his goalkeeping career playing for Nott’s County, Tamworth,( played for the club over 4 decades) Hinckley and Coalville. He then gained valuable management experience at Atherstone, Tamworth, Rugby Town, Hinckley, and Stratford before accepting the Assistant Managers post to work alongside Matt Hill.
Dale is enthusiastic about his appointment explaining ‘Rangers have a great history but I look forward to working with Matt and concentrating on delivering a great future for the club and its fans’
The back room staff is completed with John Psaras, First team Coach, Paul Hayward, Goalkeeping Coach and Ben Pickford, First Team Analyst.
Matt states’ I think we have a good strong management team in place at the right time with Dale bringing excellent playing and management experience and excellent contacts throughout the midlands. We both have the same approach and football philosophy we want to play Pressure Football. It’s my first new signing and a great one ’
Rangers Manager also views the role of the Academy and Development squad as a vital aspect of the clubs development going forward, and sees his role to not only to provide a winning first team but also to bring a cohesive structure to the club that will benefit everyone in the long term. Matt also see’s greater opportunity to develop links with other bigger local clubs.
The Development Squad are also delighted to announce that Ben Pickford and Tim Turner have been appointed as Assistant Manager and Head Coach with immediate effect.
Matt accepts he is in management terms inexperienced, but he now feels confident that he has a strong backroom staff around him to start Rangers next Challenge.
‘I am young, confident and hungry to achieve success, carry no baggage and we are determined to get it right. Experience doesn’t and hasn’t always delivered success so I want the fans to get behind us as we make decisions going forward to play a team that keeps the ball in the opponents half and wins games’.
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