September 25, 2017

HELLENIC LEAGUE: Hirst “thrilled” as Shrivvy appoint Davies

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Shrivenham chairman Matt Hirst described himself as “thrilled” after the club announced Gareth Davies as their new manager.

Davies led Fairford Town their Hellenic Division One West title last season before stepping down at the campaign and will replace Michael McNally whose dismissal was confirmed on Sunday.

Joining Davies at Barrington Park will be his former assistant managers Chris Robinson and Ady Roper as well as reuniting with former Fairford and current Shrivvy goalkeeper Mike Alexander, completing the quartet.

And after the appointment was announced on Monday morning, Hirst says he believes he has the right man to take the club forward.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to attract a manager with such experience to the club,” he said.

“Gareth spent three years at Fairford Town and led them to last season’s Hellenic League One West Championship before he stepped down and he’s the sort of manager that will professionalise what we do on the pitch and take us to the next level.

“I’ve said it before that we’re making massive strides off the pitch, but on the pitch is an even more important area to get things right and with what Gareth will bring to the club, it gives us every opportunity to push in the right direction.”

Davies will meet his new squad ahead of training on Wednesday before his first assignment as Shrivenham boss, a Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy tie at Reading YMCA on Saturday.

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