Gloucester City are delighted to announce Mike Cook as our new First Team Manager.
He started his playing career at Coventry City and was a member of its FA Youth Cup winning side before moving onto Cambridge United in 1990.
In 1992 his career was cut short by a spinal injury so he moved into a coaching career starting at Cambridge United before moving to the Cheltenham Town Community Programme. He joined City under Chris Burns as Player/Assistant Coach making just 7 appearances with his injury restricting him.
He has delivered coaching programmes for the PFA and FA before joining the PFA Coaching Staff in 2010.
Mike holds a UEFA Pro Coaching License and delivers L2 CCF and UEFA B Courses as the PFA Regional Coach Educator in the South West and brings with him an extensive footballing knowledge and network of contacts.
In a back-room reshuffle, he is joined by former City striker Andy Hoskins who joins as our Forwards Coach, Karl Bayliss who will look after player recruitment with Mike Green and Tom Web becoming our Defensive and Midfield Coaches respectively.
Born in Gloucester Andy Hoskins, was a passionate and combative player who steadily improved his goal scoring return at Meadow Park before hitting an incredible unprecedented rich vein of striking form in the 2003/04 season which deservedly won him the ‘Supporters’ Player of the Season’ award. Hoskins 37 goal haul set a new post-war scoring season record for Gloucester City.
Upon his appointment, Mike Cook had this to say,
”I’m delighted to return to Gloucester City, I cannot wait to get started and hope to see as many Supporters as possible at Evesham on Saturday.”
Club Director Alex Petheram added,
“We’re delighted to announce that Mike Cook is the new manager at Gloucester City AFC.
Mike brings with him a wealth of football knowledge, experience and most of all he knows what Gloucester City is all about. He understands the club, the area and we believe he has what it takes to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.”