Spennymoor Town is delighted to announce a new first team management structure who will join Tommy Miller for the 2021/22 season.
Miller, who was announced as permanent boss in April, has assembled a seven-person team which boasts a wealth of coaching and playing experience.
Stuart Parnaby, who joined the club as a coach in January 2020, will take the position as Assistant Manager.
The former defender enjoyed a 15-year professional playing career, most notably featuring in the Premier League for Middlesbrough and Birmingham.
Miller and Parnaby will be joined by Jason Kennedy, who will operate as a Player/Coach for the upcoming campaign.
The midfielder initially signed on a short-term loan deal in February 2020 before making his move permanent for the 2020/21 season.
Another new addition will see Spennymoor Town legend Gavin Cogdon take up a role as Head of Group Strength and Conditioning.
Cogdon, who is Moors’ all-time leading goal scorer, netted 132 goals in 289 appearances between 2009 and 2016 before re-joining the club for the 2019/20 season.
He will work alongside Andrew Oates, who will remain as the club’s Head of Group Physiotherapy and Occupational Health.
Oates will be entering his 16th season with the club, continuing his status as the longest servant at Spennymoor Town.
Barry Farr will continue his position as the club’s Goalkeeping Coach.
The re-structure also sees the addition of Tommy Miller Snr as Chief Scout, who previously worked for the club over the duration of the 2016/17 campaign.
Miller, speaking about his new team, said: “I’m delighted with the team I have in place ahead of the new season.
“I’ve known Stuart for a long time through football and I am well aware of his character and his knowledge of the game.
“I was behind him coming to the club in the first place and I am sure he is going to step up to the mark and become a valuable Assistant to myself.
“Jason is entering the next stage of his career, and following a discussion I had with him last week, coaching alongside his playing commitments is something he would like to give a go.
“First and foremost, he is a player, but I am delighted he has agreed to the new role which will be hugely beneficial to both himself and the club.
“Gavin is obviously a legend here at Spennymoor and has created so many amazing memories for supporters during his time as a player at the club.
“He is very good at what he does, and that has shown with the work he has been doing with Jamie Chandler during the course of his rehabilitation following his cruciate injury.
“I think having both Andy and Barry in the team is vital for continuity and they are both valuable assets to the club.
“They were both here when I first joined back in 2016 and they made me feel welcome from day one.
“In terms of how the squad is shaping up, we always looking at potential players. The league’s above are still playing so we are waiting to see who becomes available.
“There has been talks with players over the last couple of weeks, and I’m sure over the next week or two there will be one or two coming through the door.”
Managing Director, Tony Wilson, said: “I think the vital thing to consider when assembling the management team was continuity.
“Tommy has a team of highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable people around him who know the club and fully believe in the long term ambitions and strategy.
“I am sure you will join us in wishing Tommy and his backroom staff all the best for the upcoming season and beyond.”