New boss will lead us back to the top, says Clarke
Devonshire Cougars president Craig Clarke has hailed their new coach Dennis Brown as one of top three coaches on the Island and believes they will be in the thick of the title race this season.
Brown’s appointment brings a halt to Cougars’ two-year search for Devarr Boyles’ successor, and relieves player/coach Kwame Steede of the coaching duties to focus solely on playing.
While thrilled to capture a high profile coach such as Brown, club president Clarke heaped praise on Steede and his backroom staff for their hard work and dedication over the past two seasons.
“I can confirm we have acquired the services of Dennis Brown for the upcoming season and are thrilled to have him on board as we look to be very competitive this upcoming season,” said Clarke. “I consider him to be one of the top three coaches on the Island, and it’s good for us to have someone like him in our ranks.
“Whoever is losing him is losing a very experienced and knowledgeable coach, but this is also our gain.
“I would also like to thank Kwame Steede and the entire backroom staff for the past two seasons as we have looked for someone to fill the void and we look forward to a great season at the club.
“Our club has many people, past and present, dedicated to the club and to have the coaches who have taken time out of their schedule to help in a time of need is pleasing. We are grateful for their hard work.”
Brown was in charge of Trojans when they were relegated back to the First Division but led them back to the top-flight at the first time of asking last season.
The arrival of Brown will also allow Steede a much-needed rest from his player-coach’s duties and enable him to focus on his own game this coming campaign.
Clarke has backed Steede to flourish this season now he has been freed from the shackles of the coaching job.
“The good thing about this for us, besides having a full-time coach, is that Kwame can now focus solely on his game and not have to wonder about the coaching side of things,” he said.
“I back him to have a good campaign, and for the team to be in the thick of the title race this year.
“It was hard on him to do both jobs, but with the help of those who assisted him in his duties, the club remained successful.
“He is the first coach from our club to win the FA Cup back to back and we are indebted to him. We can now focus on the upcoming season and we are optimistic on our chances.”
n Bermuda international Reggie Lambe may get a further chance to impress in Cambridge United’s friendly at Bishop’s Stortford today.
The 20-year-old featured in United’s 2-1 defeat at Bedford on Wednesday, and manager Jez George the club were in the hunt for another wide player.
“There’s a bit of a hole in the squad with Jordan Patrick injured, in that we’re lacking a wide player who can play either side or up top,” said George.
“Reggie was one we wanted to have a look at, and we might try and bring someone in on a short-term deal who can fulfil that role.”
Since being released by Championship side Ipswich Town, Lambe has spent time at Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Southend and Gillingham.