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SHADAB IFTIKHAR (Evergreen)

3 years ago By Paul Sergeant

Evergreen makes the tough decision to move on

Evergreen announced two weeks ago that he had taken the decision not to take up the offer of a second season in charge of the 1st team.

He originally joined the club as a 17 year old student eight years ago who was studying for his early coaching qualifications and helped in coaching within our Junior Section of the club. He was then appointed as our reserve team manager three years later to give him a season to obtain valuable experience of using his coaching ability and improve his management skills.

He then moved on to further obtain experience within the semi-professional football world and when the 1st team manager's job became vacant on the eve of last season he accepted the role.

He knew he had the almost impossible task of attracting a completely new squad of players with the remit of making sure we kept our Premier League status.

After an extremely difficult start the team slowly but steadily moved away from the foot of the table as his management and coaching skills were taken on board by the players eventually finishing the season away from the relegation zone. Not only that, he used his contacts to strengthen the reserve team who finished their season with promotion to the top reserve division.

This was no easy task given the situation the club found itself in at the beginning of the season. His ability to coach, motivate and get across to the players the tactics he wanted them to play with his enthusiasm was a joy to watch.

The club has no doubt that due to his popularity, hard working ethos, qualifications, desire, determination, contacts and age that he will eventually achieve his ultimate dream of finding employment in the professional game at some time in the future.

Everyone connected with the club would like to thank Evergreen for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.

Where next?

James Smith & Terry Meadows 1st & Reserve Team Manager's for Season 2015-16
Senior Presentation 2015 The Senior Section presented their Annual Awards during the interval of a very successful Race Night last Saturday

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