Former manager on our latest promotion success
Terry Brown said that Neal Ardley’s “fantastic” backroom staff played a big part in helping AFC Wimbledon to a stunning promotion success.
Of course, Simon Bassey has been retained since the promotion glory days engineered by Terry himself, and the former Wimbledon manager says he’s been integral once again in the latest chapter of AFC Wimbledon’s success story.
Terry said: “It was funny watching ‘Bass’ jumping around in the technical area at Wembley! Seriously though, he still has a massive input, particularly talking to players and helping out behind the scenes. Neal knows the value of what ‘Bass’ still brings to the club. Neal is an ex-Premier League player who has done a fantastic job, but he also has ‘Coxy’, who has played at the highest level too, and ‘Bayzo’. It’s a fantastic backroom team that Neal has in place.
“I used to argue all the time with ‘Cashy’, but if you respect each other you can have arguments. As a manager you always have the final say, but sometimes it’s good to have people who will challenge you. I know that ‘Bass’ is not a ‘yes’ man and neither is ‘Coxy’. It’s good to have coaches who put their points across to you before you make decisions.”
Simon Bassey began coaching with AFC Wimbledon during the managerial reign of recently retired Dave Anderson, who said it was one of the best decisions of his career to give ‘Bass’ a coaching role with the reserves 10 years ago.
Meanwhile, Terry Brown is aiming to put his faith in youth in his efforts to reignite Basingstoke Town after taking over as manager of the Southern League Premier Division club in March.
“Since I left AFC Wimbledon it’s not been too easy for me, but getting back into football makes me really enthusiastic again”, said Terry. “I’m working on a tight budget so it means that young players will be a big part of it. I’m really excited about the challenge.”
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