Blue Square Bet
Published 9th July 2012
Neil Lyne is now the club's full-time head of football development and is tackling the challenge head on to provide Knitters' manager Dean Thomas with young talent. The 42-year-old started his footballing career with Leicester United before spending time at Nottingham Forest, Walsall and Shrewsbury Town.
The former winger joined Hinckley last season from the Portsmouth Academy having had previous experience as assistant-manager at Woking.
Along with assistant Rob Roskelly, he will be responsible for the running of two new sides at the Greene King Stadium, the under-14s and 21s, running alongside the under-15s, 16s and 18s.
Roskelly will take the three younger sides while Lyne will be in charge of the two older teams.
"I spoke to chairman Kevin Downes, presented a business plan to the board to move things forward and they have given me their backing," said Lyne.
"This year, we are starting an under-14s side and that will go through the age groups right up to the under-21s.
"The under-21s is an age group to develop those players who are too old for the under-18s but not quite good enough to get into the first team set-up.
"We don't want to lose those players. We want to keep on developing them.
"There is an under-21s league in the Midlands and we have joined that to give the players competitive action.
"Dean and I will meet regularly to discuss those players and talk about their development and their strength and conditioning.
"I want to reach out to the schools and the community. We want people from this area to develop a huge affinity with the club. These are exciting times for this club."
As well as the club's commitment to helping develop young players' games, Lyne says Hinckley are also determined to offer things like the Level One FA Coaching qualification to give their players a wider perspective on the game.