Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division club Horndean have appointed a new manager which they believe will strengthen the infrastructure and help to continue the development of their youth players.
Michael Birmingham will manage the first-team this season but former boss Craig Pearce is staying on at Five Heads Park after steering the club to their best ever finish in the Premier Division in the last campaign.
Pearce will now be first-team coach, while also continuing his work developing junior sides, and the new-look coaching set up will be completed with the arrival of Jamie Steeves, who has been involved at Moneyfields, Petersfield Town and AFC Portchester.
Birmingham brings plenty of non-League experience with him to Horndean.
He is best known for his association with Ryman League side Bognor Regis Town, where he made over 600 appearances.
Since hanging up his boots, he has had coaching roles at Moneyfields and AFC Portchester.
A statement from the club said: “Horndean Football Club is making some positive changes which will help strengthen the infrastructure of the senior team and help support the continued development of our youth players. Craig Pearce has embarked on his own quest setting up junior premier league teams, which is proving incredibly successful. The downside of this is that it impacts on his participation with Horndean on Saturdays.
“With this in mind we are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Birmingham and Jamie Steeves to work with the first-team”.