The Pics

Date Added 21/05/2017

RUSHALL Olympic FC are pleased to unveil our new managerial team as John Allen steps aside to focus all of his attention on his role as Chairman.
Former Stoke City, Southampton and Burnley defender, Wayne Thomas, will become manager and will be assisted by Will Ryder and Trevor Burroughs.
A UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach, Thomas’ playing career as a no-nonsense centre back saw him appear over 500 times for a number of clubs and command a transfer fee of £1 million when moving to Southampton in the summer of 2007.
Now developing a reputation as a talented coach, the 38 year-old has worked within the Academy of New York Red Bulls and currently coaches the under-19s at one of his former clubs, Kidderminster Harriers, a role that he will combine with his position at Dales Lane.
He will be assisted by Will Ryder, another UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach with vast experience in the professional game with the likes of Wigan Athletic, Stoke City and Manchester City. He is currently the under-21 Development Squad manager at Morecambe FC as well as working as a coach educator for the Welsh Football Trust and a coach mentor with The FA.
His experience of semi-professional football comes with spells as assistant manager at Wakefield and Newcastle Town.
The managerial trio is completed by Trevor Burroughs, who has vast experience in the local non-League game and joined The Pics last summer where he became a popular and key figure at the club throughout 2016/17.
“I enjoyed my return to the hot-seat immensely last season,” said John Allen. “But having had several meetings with Wayne recently, it became clear to both myself and Vice-Chairman, Nick Allen, that bringing him to the club would be a huge positive for us.
“It means that I will be able to step aside and focus on my role as Chairman alongside Vice-Chairman, Nick Allen, and the committee, safe in the knowledge that we have a very capable managerial team in place, spearheaded by Wayne.
“Wayne’s personality, ambitions, contacts and ethos is exactly what we were looking for and I am excited by this appointment as we look forward to a successful 2017/18.
“Meanwhile the hard work will continue off-the-field to draw new supporters and finances to the club to allow us to continue to progress way beyond our natural fit as a village football club.”