Thursday 19th May 2016

RICHIE Salveta will leave his post DFC’s Head of Youth Development next week and almost a decade long association with the club will come to an end.

Richie departs the Club after eight and a half years service – 9 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) plus worked as a first team scout and match opponent analyst under previous managers at DFC.

He leaves behind quite a legacy at Dumbarton Football Club as he has set a number of youngsters on the road of a career in professional football.

Richie was a tireless worker at the DFC Academy and his efforts are appreciated by all at the club.

Manager Stevie Aitken said: “I’ve only known Richie for a relatively short time at the club compared to others and his input to the youth academy was substantial.

“He leaves with my very best wishes.”

On his departure, Richie commented : “I’m naturally sad to be leaving and I’ve enjoyed my time at the club immensely.

“The youth academy I’m sure will continue to grow and be successful.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have headed up DFC’s academy and I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support over the years.”

Commercial Director Alan Findlay added : “Richie’s decision to move on is one that we all must respect and I’m personally disappointed that he’s leaving.

“Having worked with him closely first as a coach and then as head of youth, his enthusiasm and dedication is to be admired.

“Richie has no immediate plans once his spell at the club officially ends and his skill set will I’m sure be in demand.

“Echoing what Stevie said earlier, I wish him all the best in his future endeavours and hopefully he’ll stay in football.”

The club hope to move swiftly in appointing Richie’s successor and the process is already underway to identify a suitably qualified and experienced individual to take on what is a very demanding role.

Dumbarton Football Club

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