Gloucester City Development Squad are sad to announce the departure of coach and joint manager Warren Evans.\n\nWarren, has resigned after helping to guide the Development Squad to a treble and a double over two seasons.\n\nHe said: “I have loved the last two seasons, and add that to eight previously with u18s, I’m sure you understand it wasn’t a decision taken lightly. \n\n”Also, of course, I have made some new friends with the young players, and am sure that they will continue to improve as players and people in the fullness of time. I will still follow the team, and still be in regular contact with long standing friends in Kenny (Blackburn, Director of Youth and Development) and Fred (Gittings, Secretary of Youth and Development.) \n\n”Ben (Symons, joint Development Squad manager) will stay on and will now have the chance to shine on his own, rather than being sometimes overshadowed by my presence in the changing room. Ben is a good guy and I hope he carries on the good work we started together.\n\n”I do want to stay in the game, I believe I have plenty to offer any club at any level, with my experience,contacts and track record, I have lost none of my enthusiasm for the game, and look forward to my next challenge , and I hope it isn’t very long in coming,maybe as a coach,assistant or as manager, who knows what the future will bring, if anything at all.”\n\nKen Blackburn, Director of Youth and Development at Gloucester City, said: “It is with regret that Warren has decided to step down as joint manager of the Development Squad. Since its formation two seasons ago, Warren has been an integral part of the coaching set up at Gloucester City Youth Development. But his association with Gloucester City, goes back further. He first joined me as coach for the under 18s way back in the year 2000,and we had eight seasons together, and for one season we coached both Gloucester Utd and the youth team. \n\n”He then left to coach Hardwicke FC, with a number of a very successful Gloucester youth team players following him, because you have to remember in those days we had no reserve side, and a number of these players are now playing Southern League football. The success over the last two seasons, in terms of trophies, should not overshadow what this squad is all about, development.\n\n”I am quite sure without this team in place, the likes of Adam Mann and Matt Liddiard, would have been lost again to local Southern League sides, so I would like to thank Warren for the help in developing these players, after they left the under 18s. There are now also a number of other players showing the potential to go on and play for the first team. \n\n”I know his frustration at not being able to take promotion this last two seasons, played a big part in his resignation, and I share his disappointment. But, it is what it is, so if we are going to keep our best young players at the club, and help their hopes and aspirations to go on and play at the highest level, things must change, with more financial support given. Losing a good coach, is a wake up call. \n\n”On behalf of all at Gloucester City Youth Development, we wish Warren the best of luck, and sincerely hope he fulfills all his ambitions.”
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