New manager pledges to move Thornbury Town forward
THORNBURY Town have unveiled their new manager – a former player for the club, who has gained a reputation for fluent passing football as a coach.
Jason Rees played for Thornbury in the early years of the millennium, achieving promotion to the Gloucestershire County League with the club in 2001.
He has a track record of forging a clear pathway for youth players and, during his time as manager of Yate Town’s Under 18s, his side gained a reputation for playing fluent, passing football.
Jason’s assistant manager/coach is Gary Kemp, who is from Thornbury and had a successful career in semi-professional football, representing Gloucester City 371 times. More recently, he has held been assistant manager and coach at Bristol Manor Farm and Chippenham Town.
The club said Jason and Gary had been chosen after “an extensive selection process which attracted a wealth of impressive candidates from the local area”.
They have a tough act to follow in Andy Davies, who announced he was taking a break from management at the end of last season after six years in charge, having overseen what has probably been the most successful period in the club’s history, winning four trophies and achieving the club’s highest ever level of non-league football.
Thorns finished last season by winning the Hellenic League Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup, having narrowly missed out on a second successive promotion, eventually finishing third in a tight Division One West title race.
Jason believes that he can build on the club’s recent success and carry on their fortunes.
He said: “These are exciting times at Thornbury Town and we are privileged to be given the task to move the club forward. Thornbury have a very strong group of players; our aim is to get the best from them, resulting in success throughout the club.”
Vice-chairman Graham Smith said that he was impressed by Jason and Gary as a management and coaching team.
He said: “Jason, an ex-Thornbury player, arrived with his assistant coach Gary, showing they were a close team and both spoke well about their plans for the club.
“They both have some experience with coaching and managing and are both local boys, who came to the interview well prepared.”