Following the unfortunate decision from 1st Team Manager Kris Taylor to step down from his role, Jody Brown, the former Colchester United Coach, and Tiptree United and Halstead Town Manager has been asked to take charge of the Team for the foreseeable future by Chairman, Daniel Holloway.
The club currently sit in the bottom half of the Ryman Division one North, but Chairman Holloway is looking forward to seeing the progress made under Taylor and his team to continue.
Holloway commented on the change;
"I’ve got know Jody over a period of time, and I think with his background he will be more than capable of steering us through this transition"
"Obviously, Kris's departure was not planned for but due to his work commitments I understand and support his decision. We will now need time to get the management structure at the club right and clearly will not rush this as it's a vital role for the continued progression of Redbridge FC.
"Jody has taken a few sessions for the club already, so the transition should be reasonably smooth"
"He shares my vision for how the club can move forward, and whether or not he continues as manager long term or not, I hope to keep him within the club"
"Id like to go on record as thanking Kris and his management team for their efforts, they worked well under challenging circumstances, and picked up some valuable points along the way. Kris has left us a very talented squad of players to now move forward with and myself and all associated with Redbridge are very grateful for this.
Jody Brown, originally brought to the club by Holloway to help develop a strong youth set-up, and assist with 1st team coaching also spoke of his appointment:
"It’s a shame that my health did not allow me to offer Kris more support during his time as manager"
"I'm just pleased to now be in a position to help the Chairman retain some stability, and move the club forward in the direction he desires"
"I've worked in football my entire working life at various levels, and have learnt a great deal from some very experienced professionals, whilst developing my own coaching and management philosophies along the way - so I am confident that I can continue the progress and development of the club"
"Starting in the relegation zone at Christmas is obviously a major challenge, but I think the chairman’s aims and objectives are very achievable, given the squad we already have in place if we all stick together for the long haul"
"I’m not sure how long Daniel(Holloway) will want me in this role, but I will do as much as I can to ensure that the club moves forward whilst I am here"