Gloucester City is thrilled to announce that Neil Mustoe has decided to remain with the club as a coach for the Tigers’ youth development system.\r\n\r\nMustoe has been with City for over a decade as a player, captain, co-manager and coach as well as supporting the club as a young boy, but recently stepped down from his role with the first team.\r\n\r\nA former Manchester United trainee and FA Youth Cup winner, Mustoe has the perfect pedigree to help out the club’s young stars of the future.\r\n\r\nThe 37-year-old midfielder is excited at the prospect of benefiting the club and forging more of a link between the youth and first team set-up.\r\n\r\n“After Tim had told me what’s what, I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to do instead of jumping straight into a decision,” explained the former England Schoolboy International.\r\n\r\n“We wanted a position that was suitable for myself, suitable for Kenny (Blackburn), Tim (Harris) and benefitted everyone at the club, and I think we’ve found that.”\r\n\r\n“I have spent the last 15+ years in first team football, but I was trained as a youngster at one of the best youth systems in the world at Manchester United, so I am hoping to impart my knowledge and experience on the players here.”\r\n\r\n“I would love to create more of a link between the youth and the first team, Kenny and everyone at the youth development have done an incredible job and I’m pleased to now be a part of it.”\r\n\r\nThe Tigers’ Director of Youth Football Ken Blackburn is happy that Mustoe decided to accept his offer after the departure of Shayne Bradley due to work commitments, although Shane will continue to help part-time.\r\n\r\n“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil as coach and assistant with the running of the under 18’s squad following Shayne Bradley’s departure,” said Blackburn.\r\n\r\n“When I was notified of Neil’s depature from first team duties, I immediately asked Tim if he might be interested in the youth development and after meeting with Tim and then myself, Neil accepted without hesitation.\r\n\r\n“With the Under 18’s playing midweek floodlit matches it frees him up on a Saturday to spend more time watching his son Harley play for the Gloucester City Under 8’s team and his family.\r\n\r\n“Coupled with his vast playing and coaching experience, our youth players can look forward to him passing on his knowledge and help them develop like so many others recently to come through and play in the first team.\r\n\r\n“The backbone of any club is its youth development and Under 18’s and with the new ground now on the horizon, the future looks bright.”\r\n\r\nGloucester City manager Tim Harris is delighted that the club has managed to keep Mustoe at the club and in a role where he will excel.\r\n\r\n”I sincerely had hoped that we could keep Neil involved in the club and I feel this is a major step forward with the Under 18’s and youth development set up,” explained Harris.\r\n\r\n“Kenny and everyone throughout the youth teams have worked tirelessly in very difficult circumstances and to have the quality and ability of Neil will provide a huge boost.”\r\n\r\nInterim chairman Mike Dunstan believes that Mustoe has the chance to develop the youth players of Gloucester to a brilliant standard.\r\n\r\n”Neil has been a great servant to the club and has an association with us that goes back to watching from the terraces as a child.\r\n\r\n“It’s fantastic that he has agreed to take on this important role, one that will see him help to develop the young of our City and give them a chance to play football at a very good standard.”

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