The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 27th July 2012
Paul Thorpe, who made 144 appearances for the Glovers between 1984-90 and scored 11 times, has teamed up again with Nick Bunyard at Paulton.
The pair first worked together at Rovers' former Division One South & West rivals Frome Town and were on the sidelines together again for Paulton's resounding 8-0 pre-season friendly success over Radstock Town last week.
Thorpe said he had been looking to return to a hands-on role in the game but had to be patient for the correct vacancy to emerge. He said: "Nick is someone who is very professional and this was a good opportunity to join a club playing at a good level.
"I had a look around with the intent of getting back into the game locally but nothing became available. I was told about this role and I thought it was the right type of opportunity. I have had offers in the past but they were not right.
"When you are coaching at this level you know the players are interested and wanting to improve and will get into the training sessions. It will be hard work and time consuming but I want to get in there and really get stuck into the job."
Thorpe said he was impressed with the North Somerset club's infrastructure, boosted by 2009's FA Cup First Round clash with then-npower League One club Norwich City.
"It is very impressive and there is work being done to the ground," he said. "They are quite an affluent club and it is good to see a club growing like they are. They have had success in the past couple of years with the game against Norwich and they are utilising the money well."