Lightbourne returns to help former club Walsall
Kyle Lightbourne has returned to former club Walsall to assist the coaching staff until the end of the season.
Lightbourne scored 65 goals in 165 appearances for the Saddlers during a four-year playing spell at the Bescot Stadium.
The 44-year-old had hoped to take up a coaching position at Walsall last summer and only agreed to become Robin Hood coach after a move fell through due to the English League One side’s financial constraints.
Paul Scope, who co-owns the Bermuda Hogges with Lightbourne, said the ex-Bermuda international hoped to extend his stay at Walsall beyond this season. “Kyle was hoping for this opportunity to materialise earlier in the season but (Walsall) just didn’t have the money,” said Scope.
“A couple of assistants have since left Walsall this season and Kyle got a call from the club and thought ‘why not’.
“He’s gone there for the rest of the season and who knows what might happen then — I imagine he’ll be hoping he’ll get invited back next season.”
Lightbourne fills the void left by another ex-Walsall striker David Kelly who quit the club after just nine days to serve as Billy Davies’ assistant at Nottingham Forest. Kelly re-joined Walsall in February as Dean Smith’s number two following the exit of Richard O’Kelly to Bristol City.
Scope, a former Hood president, said Lightbourne had agreed to coach the recently relegated side in the First Division next season if a permanent move to Walsall didn’t materialise.
“Kyle’s certainly got ambitions to go higher and we’d definitely support that both at Bermuda Hogges and Robin Hood,” said Scope, who served as Lightbourne’s national team assistant.
“He has already committed to the Hood players that if he doesn’t get a gig in the UK he will continue to coach them in the First Division.
“If he does happen to get situated at Walsall, or another UK club, that can only be an advantage from a Bermudian aspect.
“I’ve already had two conversations with Kyle this week about Bermudian youngsters getting opportunities at Walsall or other UK clubs.”
Eighth place Walsall are pushing for promotion and are just two points off the play-offs.
Walsall’s next match is against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
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