Cray Wanderers Chairman Gary Hillman said earlier today "I am pleased to announce that Keith Bird has been appointed as our new Manager and Mike Paye as our new Assistant Manager to form the new management team of Cray Wanderers FC.
Keith Bird and Mike Paye currently run the very successful Bromley Reserve team set up and I am very confident that they can turn things around for us on and off the pitch as they are born winners.
Both Mike and Keith have been very successful in life. They have been a management team for 8 years and have enjoyed a lot of success at both U18 level and in senior reserves football.
Keith has steadily been taking his coaching badges over the years and last season, as well as being the manager of the Bromley Reserves, he also worked very closely under Mark Goldberg as part of the First Team staff at Bromley, including being part of Bromleys staff that won the London Senior Cup last season.
Mike use to play for Cray Wanderers and prior to that was a pro at Charlton FC.
The duo will be joined by Coach & Physio Michael McDonald who joined their management team last season after meeting Keith when they were both on the same UEFA B license coaching course.
I was very impressed with how Keith & Mike see this appointment as a long term 3-5 year project and although its going to be very hard at the beginning with the limited resources and league position they have inherited, I believe they will turn it around and that we can kick on.
The professionalism and strong organisational skills I have seen from Keith & Mike over the years, together with their relationship with Bromley FC to take advantage of any players they release or make available for loan will be a real asset to us.
Its Vital that everyone gets a positive attitude back around the club and give Keith and Mike all the support they can."