It was common knowledge that the U19 head coaching position has been vacant, with Jayson Starkey taking over the reins temporarily alongside his role as first team coach and Head of Coaching.
Today, we can announce that Chris Allen will be stepping up from his U16’s role to head the U19’s, being assisted by EDS Head Coach Jordan Hadaway and Head of Performance Levi Challoner. Jayson Starkey takes the reins of the U16s and he will be assisted by Jacob Brown, who was Chris Allen’s assistant coach.
The club can’t thank the players and parents enough for their patience during this trying period and their support has been invaluable. The U19’s side has been through a great deal over the past 18 months. The pandemic, no games, coaching changes, and a change in playing style has been difficult for all. However, behind the scenes the club has implemented the changes needed and things are improving rapidly.
Chris Allen’s remit will not be centred on just getting results, but on fielding younger players, first year scholars, and deploying a style closely allied to that of the first team. The mantra of “winning isn’t everything” rings throughout the club, but it’s still important.
Last season, Cefn Druids FC played more academy players in league games than any other team and we did that prior to knowing whether there was promotion or relegation. This season we aim to consolidate our academy teams and push on with development.
We want to congratulate Chris on the appointment and wish him all the best for the coming season! We can’t wait for it to begin!
More than just a football club.