DENE WHITTAL-WILLIAMS has expressed his delight after taking up the role as Malvern Town’s new assistant manager for the 2016/17 season.
The long-serving defender, who made his debut for the Hillsiders when he was a 16-year-old, has replaced Carl Pitt as Les Jones’ new number two.
Pitt has given up his position due to work and family commitments but will remain at Malvern to help with player recruitment and fund-raising.
Whittal-Williams helped Malvern to a third place finish in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division last season and told the Observer he’s delighted to get started on the sidelines.
The defender will continue to play for Malvern alongside his managerial duties.
“I am really proud to have been asked to make the step-up to assistant manager,” he said.
“I’ve been with the club since I was a youngster and always hoped to finish my playing days here.
“There’s a good bunch of lads at Malvern and the infrastructure is getting stronger and stronger.
“Fundamentally promotion is our aim next season but we’re not under the illusion that it will be easy.
“We’ve finished strongly over the last few seasons but we need to start well.
“If we can be in the top three by Christmas we can push on from there but its a really tough league to get out of especially as only one goes up.”
Malvern will be able to announce their summer signings from Thursday, July 1 onwards but Whittal-Williams insists the club will only bring in players who fit into their ethos.
“We’ve got a good pre-season schedule prepared and there’s a few players that are coming along but they need to fit into what we have established here at Malvern,” he said.
“There’s plenty of togetherness and unity which is a key motivating factor and new players need to show that mentality.”