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Childhood club: Randy Spence, the new Village coach, puts his players through a training drill during pre-season at Bernard Park last night(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Randy Spence has been appointed as North Village coach, replacing Devarr Boyles, who is returning to Dandy Town after two seasons at Bernard Park.

Spence has served as assistant coach since 2011 under Ralph Bean Jr, Shaun Goater, Richard Todd and Boyles. He will be assisted by Irving Romaine and midfielder Keith Jennings.

“North Village is my childhood club and for me to come through the ranks is a privilege,” said Spence, who is in the process of obtaining his Uefa C licence equivalent.

It promises to be a rebuilding campaign for Village after the departures of attackers Keishen Bean, who has joined promoted BAA, Shayne Hollis, who has rejoined Hamilton Parish, and Demetre Daniels, who has signed for Devonshire Cougars.

“What is most important to me is building a team,” Spence said. “If I’m about to do something, I’m fully committed.”

Spence, a former Village defender, wants to revive Village’s tradition of playing attractive football.

“My biggest aim is to produce a good team and get them enjoying the game,” he said. “Over the years I’ve noticed players coming in with their heads down and feeling like it’s a third job that they aren’t getting paid to do.

“I’m just asking guys to make football a priority and give it what it deserves. Anyone willing to do the extras in training, get up and go for a run, will be a success today because no one else is doing it.”

Sherwin Dill, the Village president, thanked Boyles for the professionalism he brought to his tenure.

“He decided he wasn’t looking to renew his two-year contract,” Dill said. “It was a very amicable parting and we’re very grateful to the contribution he made to the club.

“He brought a lot of professionalism and organisational skills. He was very thorough in his methods.”

The president added: “Randy’s loyalty and commitment to North Village has been outstanding.” Dill said that he is confident Village can fast-track some young players this season.

“We certainly would have liked to have Shayne and Keishen, but we respect their decisions to move on,” he said.

“We understand their reasons for leaving and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

“We’ve still got a very good roster, at least ten players overseas at school who make a valuable contribution when they are back.”

Moving on: Shayne Hollis and coach Devarr Boyles have left North Village, to return to former clubs Hamilton Parish and Dandy Town (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
North Village players celebrate a goal last season at Bernard Park. Shayne Hollis (third from left) and Keishen Bean (second from right) have departed with Randy Spence replacing Devarr Boyles as coach. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)