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Bean hangs up his boots ahead of new role

Ralph Bean jr has no intention of becoming a player/coach as he takes over the helm at North Village.

The former Rams skipper says he’s hanging up his boots as he begins his new role at the club following the resignation of Shaun Goater.

Confirming his intentions going forward with the squad, Bean said he would be fully focused on leading the team from the sidelines rather than on the pitch.

“It’s obviously an honour to be appointed as head coach of North Village having come through the ranks of the football programme,” said Bean. “I see it as a good opportunity and a welcome challenge.

“I hadn’t planned on starting the season as a player but we were a little short on personnel at the time, so I made myself available.

“Since then, we have had a few additions to the squad and so personnel is no longer a problem.

“The player/coach role, however, is one that I don’t think is ideal and therefore I have no intentions to play in the second half of the season.”

The talismanic striker has also laid out clear guidelines on what the club’s objectives are as they head to the finish line.

Having been at the club since his childhood, Bean knows what it means to be a part of North Village and the pressure that comes with each job within the organisation.

The task at hand for him now, he says, is to continue to move the club forward as they enter a new phase in their illustrious history.

“The objective for the second half of the season is for the team to continue to progress and rebuild.

“I think we’ve crossed the most difficult stage of the rebuilding process, players are settling in to their new roles and we can now focus on developing some consistent performances.

“The bar is set high at North Village and the pressure to do well is ever present whether you are a player or a coach.

“My situation is unique in that I have had the chance to play under one of the Island’s legends of football immediately prior to my first coaching stint.

“That can only be an advantage because I have learned a lot from ‘The Goat’ over the last few years and I now have the opportunity to apply that knowledge within a framework which he has been instrumental in developing.”

Ralph Bean jr: Taking over from Shaun Goater as the new North Village coach.

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Published January 04, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 03, 2013 at 6:58 pm)

Bean hangs up his boots ahead of new role

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