Evo-Stik League Premier club Barwell have announced that midfielder Tom Bates has joined Jimmy Ginnelly’s coaching staff as player-coach.
The 32-year-old midfielder started his role when Barwell hosted Ashton United on Saturday, giving a short team talk before the game and being active and enthusiastic with instructions and encouragement from the dug-out, alongside Jimmy and Guy Hadland.
The former Coventry City, Ards, Leamington, Atherstone United, Bedworth United, Nuneaton Griff and Hinckley United midfielder is a popular figure in the dressing room, with a great attitude and passion for the game which will stand him in good stead as he takes his first steps into coaching.
As part of his new role, Bates will also be scouting our upcoming opposition and potential signings.
Meanwhile, defender or winger Jake Whitmore received yet another man of the match award for his impressive display in Barwell`s 1-1 draw against Ashton United on Saturday.
“I’m very pleased with Jake Whitmore,” Ginnelly said. “I’ve spoken to Jake a couple of times now. I think I’ve said this before, all it wanted from Jake was to understand the level. These academy lads who come out of Leicester, Coventry, Villa etc., come to non-League football and think it’s going to be a cake walk in the first month. They have to learn that this is not academy football, this is a completely different sort of football.”
Whitmore, as with many young players, has taken time to settle in to the Evo-Stik Premier, but Ginnelly is pleased with the progress the 19-year-old has made during his time at Kirkby Road.
“I think he’s adapted very well. He’s done it in the time span that I thought he would. Around about now is when they’re settling in to your side. You give them a run and see if they’re good enough, and he’s proved that again today. He fully deserves his man of the match award and I think he’s getting better by the week”.
NEWS | Tom Bates Appointed Player-Coach
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