Bitton Appoint From Within

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Dan Langdon, manager of Toolstation Western League Premier Division club Bitton AFC, has appointed Kyle Tooze as his new player-coach.

Tooze joined the side mid-season from Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West side Larkhall Athletic.

He has also had spells with Swindon Supermarine, Mangotsfield United, where he made almost 100 appearances, Bridgwater Town and Paulton Rovers.

Langdon said: “Following the recent changes in structure of the first-team, I needed to bring in a coach to work alongside me.

“Last week I re-introduced Sam Greatorex as my assistant-manager whom I shared great success with in previous seasons. The decision to bring in an extra coach was one in truth I didn’t need much thought about.

“The last two weeks my phone has been non-stop and four people have approached me for the role. The decision I made to appoint Kyle, I feel is the correct one. Trust is a key factor to me and I like to keep my cards close to my chest, and Kyle and I have a great understanding on how each other work and how we think so for me it feels right. Kyle will also bring bags of experience as a player who has played higher league and has worked under many managers and knows what we need to do to keep this team up.

“The club has many great and big things happening off the pitch and we certainly do not see ourselves the wrong end of the table next season so it is imperative I do all I can to avoid relegation this season, then myself and my coaching staff can look forward to a big season ahead.”

Tooze said: “After a number of conversations with the gaffer I am so excited to start this coaching journey with Dan. We both believe we can take this club forward and start using the resources we have within our under-18s and reserve side and build this club for the future.

“Personally, I have never felt so excited about my football and I can`t wait to get down to business and help the club to safety this season and look to build on next season as we are setting ourselves a much higher finish.

“We have so much talent in this team and I don’t feel we should be where we are with the players we have.

“I feel I know what is required at this level, not only to survive but also to succeed, and I am delighted that Dan has offered me the position of coach and I can`t wait to start this incredible journey. I would also like to thank the club for giving me this opportunity and having faith in my ability. I played for the club as a youngster and I am fully aware how big this club is and how passionate everybody with this club is”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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