Friday 27th May 2016

Dumbarton’s head of youth development, Richie Salveta, steps down today, and almost a nine season association with the club will come to an end.

He will be succeeded by a former Dumbarton YDI coach, Tony McNally.

Richie said: “I would like to wish Tony and all the youth staff every success in continuing to build up the Academy. I am sure they will all work hard to keep players coming through, and more can impact on the first team over the coming seasons.”

Richie leaves after nine seasons in total, after initially being part of the YDI coaching team and then going on to work his way through the Academy to overseeing the club’s Youth Development Programme.

He also assisted in coaching the club’s development team (at under-19 and 20s level), and also worked as a first team scout and match opponent analyst under previous managers. He has set a number of youngsters on the road of a career in professional football.

Tony, a 29 year-old bachelor from Glasgow who worked at the club for two seasons before moving to Annan Athletic, said: “I am pleased to be rejoining the Sons.

“I am really looking forward to working with the management team. There is a solid platform to build from. Good progress has already been made by Richie, and we will continue to nurture and develop players for the benefit of the first team manager.”

Tony is working on a UEFA Elite Youth A Licence, and already holds the B and C Licences and various SFA qualifications.

His coaching career began at Partick Thistle Boys Club in 2007, then he had a season at Hamilton Accies. He was at Dumbarton from 2012-14, moving up the age groups from Under 13 and 14 to Under 15, then Under 17.

Donald Fullarton

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