STRATFORD Town have unveiled Thomas Baillie as their new head of football to assist both Steve Walker and Nathan Marsh.
Baillie, on board for Saturday’s Southern Premier Division Central home derby against lowly Redditch United, told the club website: “Stratford is a fantastic club with fantastic facilities and has a squad which is full of potential.”
Baillie previously won the Southern League with Kettering Town, where he worked alongside Marsh, and has vast academy experience from his time at Norwich City.
He added: “I have known the directors at Stratford for some time and the squad is better than the two wins in eight recorded to date.”
A club statement said: “Thomas has had numerous opportunities to come back into the game and likes the way the directors are operating the club along with a long-term plan.
“He believes it is up to the management team to aid the players and help them realise their potential.
“Thomas, Steve and Nathan, along with the board, are hopeful we can bring the type of football and the results the Town faithful deserve, whilst also focusing on the growth of our football club within the local community.
“Additionally, the club in due course will be appointing a UEFA-qualified head coach to aid with the coaching of the first team as neither caretaker manager can take training due to current work commitments”.
Stratford are 15th in the table heading into this weekend’s encounter against Redditch, who will be led by new boss Paul Smith for the first time following the former Bromsgrove Sporting manager’s arrival to replace Paul Davis.
Town were 3-1 home winners over Bedworth United on Saturday. Mikey Taylor gave the hosts an early lead, but Kai Tonge levelled shortly after the break.
However, Lewis Wilson restored the home side’s advantage and Taylor netted again late on to secure victory.