21st Aug, 2019

Boss Ash starts City revamp as Walters joins

Rob George 22nd May, 2019

NEW Worcester City chief Ash Vincent has wasted no time in revealing his new backroom staff after being named boss.

Vincent, who steps up after being John Snape’s assistant, has appointed former Evesham United, Redditch United, Bedworth United, Rushall Olympic, Hinckley United, Chasetown, Halesowen Town and Highgate United midfielder Marlon Walters as assistant manager.

The appointment marks the continuation of a bond forged between the pair when they were in the academy at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with City looking to utilise his extensive local contacts ahead of an expected promotion push.

Former Evesham goalkeeping coach Gary Baines is also joining the City staff at the Victoria Ground.

Baines started as a youth keeper with his boyhood team Lincoln City and played at non-League level for clubs around the Lincoln area such as Lincoln United.

In 2013, Baines became goalkeeper coach at Evesham. He then moved to Cheltenham Town where he is head of academy goalkeeping, coaching players from the age of eight to 18, as well as assisting the first-team coaches.

Physio Shannon Kincade will be on the touchline next season having joined from new Midland Football League Premier Division rivals Racing Club Warwick. Kincade works alongside Walters outside of football and is known to both Vincent and the players after covering a couple of games last season.

The behind-the-scenes revamp was sparked after Snape resigned last Wednesday after three years in charge as City boss to take up the assistant manager position at Halesowen to work alongside Paul Smith.

Club chiefs paid tribute to the long-serving Snape, who in addition to three years as manager was assistant to former boss Carl Heeley during the club’s historic FA Cup run in 2014.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Snapper for all of his hard work over the last three years under very difficult circumstances,” a club statement read.

“He moves on with our best wishes for the future and we hope he gains the success he both craves and deserves.”

Snape made 284 appearances for Halesowen between 1992 and 1998 scoring 25 goals.

Speaking to the club’s website, Snape said: “I’m delighted to be back at the club, a club that means a lot to me.

“Added to that to be working alongside a top young manager in Paul (Smith), I feel there are exciting times ahead for the club. I can’t wait to play my part.”

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