Flanagan will assume the position left by Robson with immediate effect and Aveley boss, Justin Gardner, is looking forward to working more closely with ‘Flanners,’ as he is affectionately known, as the season progresses.
The former Dartford and Dagenham & Redbridge player has a wealth of experience in non-league football. Having started his career in the youth set up at Gillingham, Flanagan has also played for the likes of Billericay, Hastings and Folkestone Invicta.
And Gardner is hopeful that that sort of experience will rub off on his players as Flanagan starts to work more closely with the Aveley squad, having begun the season as their defensive coach.
Speaking of the appointment, Gardner said “Flanners is someone I think will step up well into the role and he brings to the players a wealth of experience that you can’t buy in football.
“He will have a far more hands on approach than he ever had before working as my defensive coach and I’m really looking forward to working more closely with him.”
The Millers have had a difficult time of late, having only won two of their previous eight matches in league and cup. Results that have seen them slip to ninth in the Ryman North table as well as being knocked out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy to Canvey Island and Hythe respectively.
But Gardner hopes that the change in his back room set-up will bear fruit on the pitch as well as off of it.
“Due to recent results I felt that there was something that had to change" said Gardner.
“I hope that now we’ve promoted Flanners to head coach that it will have an effect on the players and results on the pitch, because we want to turn this difficult run of results around as soon as possible.”
Gardner and the rest of the Aveley players and staff would like to thank Glenn Robson for his contribution to the club in his time with the Millers and we wish him all the best in the future.