Holyhead Hotspur have named Darren Garmey as their new manager.
The ex-Harbourmen player turned coach takes over from Campbell Harrison, who resigned after five seasons in charge. Garmey was Harrison’s assistant at the Huws Gray Alliance club.
Another former player, Nick Dumbarton has been appointed as assistant manager – the club says a new reserves management team will be named next week as part of a revamp.
Garmey came through Hotspur’s youth setup before making his first team debut in 2000 under then-manager Bob Brodie. His career spanned 150 Cymru Alliance games in a decade before he was forced to retire with knee injury.
He returned to the New Oval in 2011 as a reserves coach, before stepping up as assistant manager for the first team when Harrison began his second stint in charge in 2013. He’s also been working through the FAW coaching badges scheme and is close to attaining a ‘B’ licence.
Garmey said on Wednesday that becoming manager was ”a huge privilege” he would relish from day one: ”As in every role I’ve had at this club, from being a player, a coach and 1st team assistant manager, I will give 110% to the cause and will be relentless in the quest of taking this great club as far as possible.”
”The Cymru Alliance is again, without doubt, going to be the most exciting and competitive league in the country, and this is a challenge we are all looking forward to. We will be looking to recruit the best young players from the area and have faith in them to perform on the biggest stage week in week out.”
On his choice as right-hand man, he added: ”Nick is a fantastic coach who has spent many years at the club as a player and a coach so knows exactly what it takes to get the best out of the players. As a player, he was disciplined, reliable and honest and these qualities have transferred to his coaching style, which is why he was the best man for the job.”
”We have just taken our B License course together so have a good understanding of each other’s styles and visions for how we will play as a team. I am certainly looking forward to working with him.”
Club chairman Mike Taylor said: ”Darren has Holyhead running through his veins. The appointment runs in line with our ethos of promoting from within as we try to do with our players wherever possible. After speaking with players that have been around the squad for the past few seasons, it was made clear that Darren has the respect of the lads and clearly has the dressing room onside.”
”He also made it obvious that the way he has networked with other players, managers and other football figures up the coast over the last few years can only work in our favour. Another thing that has impressed us with Darren is his interest in the bigger picture at the club. It is no secret that we are working with a lot less resources than other clubs in our league and this is something that does not phase him in the slightest and is already working within our youth system to help produce our next golden generation.”