Following their elevation to the Bostik League, Bracknell Town have confirmed who will lead the Robins at step 4 for the 2018/19 season.
The club have confirmed that former manager Mark Tallentire will come back to Larges Lane as Head of Football while ex-player Gavin Smith is appointed to the role of assistant first team manager.
The big news is that player/manager Carl Davies, who took over following the departure of Jeff Lamb and Paul McGrotty last season will remain in the role as first team manager. The club have confirmed that Davies will remain as a player at Larges Lane.
Mark Tallentire’s return comes after he left his role as manager in September 2017 following a hugely successful 2016/17 season, leading the Robins to the League Cup, County Cup and Reading Senior Cup titles as well as second place in the Hellenic League Premier Division.
Smith was most recently joint manager at Combined Counties Premier Division side Godalming Town with another former Robin Jon Palmer.
The Gee’s tweeted on 19th May that Smith had tendered his resignation at the club. It said: “It is with regret that we announce that Gavin Smith tendered his resignation yesterday which was accepted by the club’s chairman, We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gavin for all his efforts during a difficult season and wish him all the best for the future.”
Smith will be familiar to Robins fans old and new having been one of the star men at Larges Lane during the 2000’s under Alan Taylor while he made a playing return last season making 8 appearances and scoring 3 goals.
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Bracknell saw three different sets of managers during the season as the club earned promotion to the Southern League. Tallentire started the season but was replaced by the pair of Jeff Lamb and Paul McGrotty who led the Robins to the Quarter Finals of the FA Vase.
They were subsequently replaced in February by player manager Carl Davies who brought back coach Geoff Warner and lifted the Hellenic League Challenge Cup on Bank Holiday Monday.
The full structure see’s Tallentire in as Head of Football with Geoff Warner retained as Head of Coaching while Davies and Smith head up the first team management. The club will also have to appoint a Development Team management following the departures of Rob Creech and Andy Findlay.