Wednesday 15th June 2016
SONS head of youth Tony McNally believes his new look coaching team are making positive steps as they prepare for the new season.
McNally, who joined the Sons last month, has set about his role with enthusiasm and has already implemented a few changes that he feels will be positive for the development of players.
“It’s been a busy period and a time for settling in.
“That said, I’ve not let the grass grow under my feet and things have moved pretty fast.
“Before joining the club, I knew in which direction I wanted to take the YDI as I have my own ideas.
“All of what we are doing is against the backdrop of change that may come from the SFA, however we are committed to the season ahead and plans are progressing.”
Tony would like to go on record to thank coaches who have left the club.
He said : “As part of my own re-structuring of the staff, Gordon Scanlan, David Smith and John Campbell have now moved on.
“All three played a role in developing players at DFC and on behalf of everyone at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium I’d like to thank them for their contribution and to wish them well.”
With departures there will be arrivals and Tony has reached out to his extensive list of contacts to bring in coaches at 17s, 15s and 13s age groups.
He explained : “William Torrance will now be in charge of the 17s alongside first team player Frazer Wright.
“The gaffer is keen for Frazer to be involved and it’s a good move for everyone.
“David Lyden and Tony Massie will be at the head of the 15s, with Alan Campbell and Jon Haughie moving to the 14s.
“At 13s level Ally McCrae and Stuart Crossan will be assisted by Gerry Gallagher.
“Scout Alan McDevitt is in charge of player recruitment and we have Paul Miller coming on board as Sports Scientist.
“Jim Gallagher will continue to work with our goalies.
“On the medical physio Matthew Gallagher continues and there will be two sports therapists in Douglas Fyffe and Craig Davidson.
“So, from all of those changes, hopefully people will see that the club is committed to development of players as we are spending a great deal of time and effort in trying to get things right.”
Tony has been impressed with the input that the first team management have given him and his staff since he joined.
He continued: “It’s not always easy for Stevie and his guys to get involved at our level.
“After all, his priority is the first team, but he and Faz have been great and have invited myself and my coaches to monitor training sessions.”
McNally is clear in outlining his intentions for the club: “We’ll be trying our best to give our lads every opportunity to make a career in football, because that’s what it’s all about.”
Tony is on the lookout too for someone who can help with the role of protection officer.
He said : “It’s an important position and a mandatory requirement for our academy. If anyone would like to apply to help, then please contact me.”
To contact Tony, please send an e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org