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First team staff

Wally Downes profile pictureWally Downes

First Team Manager

Following a colourful playing career, Wally's coaching CV includes helping Reading into the Premier League for the first time back in 2006, and serving in the top-flight with West Ham and Crystal Palace.

Wally also had a spell as manager at Brentford between June 2002 and March 2004, when the Bees were in the third tier of English football.

Most recently, Wally has been coaching at Indian Super League clubs Kerala Blasters, Jamshedpur and ATK, assisting Steve Coppell, who he forged a successful managerial partnership with at Reading.

Wally started out as an apprentice with Wimbledon and was our first ever full-time Football League apprentice. The midfielder is cited as one of the main instigators of the club’s Crazy Gang spirit and he made over 200 appearances for the Dons before moving to Sheffield United.

 

Glyn Hodges profile pictureGlyn Hodges

First Team Assistant Manager

Glyn has a wealth of coaching experience in football, including a spell with the Welsh national team, before stints at Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, and Stoke City. Glyn left Stoke in January 2018 following the departure of manager Mark Hughes, who he has worked with throughout his coaching career. Glyn also had two spells as Caretaker Manager at Barnsley between 2001 and 2003.

Another former Wimbledon apprentice, Glyn made more than 200 appearances during seven years at the club. The Welsh international midfielder went onto play for numerous other clubs including Sheffield United, Newcastle United, Watford and Crystal Palace.

 

Simon Bassey profile pictureSimon Bassey

First Team Coach

Simon has previously acted as interim manager for Wimbledon in 2012 and 2018.

Formerly a skilful and combative midfielder, he played youth football for Charlton Athletic and Wimbledon FC. In the late 1990s, Simon turned out for Carshalton Athletic, Tooting & Mitcham and Aldershot Town. A serious knee injury sidelined him for 14 months, but he revived his career by joining the newly formed AFC Wimbledon in July 2002.

Two years later, after recurring knee trouble, he was invited by then manager Dave Anderson to be a coach for the Dons reserves, and continued to play occasionally for the second string. Halfway through 2006/07, he became first-team coach.

Simon has also been instrumental in establishing a first-rate scouting system.

 

Ashley Bayes profile pictureAshley Bayes

Goalkeeping Coach

Ashley Bayes became the Club's first full time goalkeeping coach in June 2013.

'Bayzo', who in his first season was registered as a player for the Club, has over a decade of coaching experience, as well as a long playing career at clubs such as Torquay, Stevenage, Leyton Orient and Brentford.

 

Stuart Douglas profile pictureStuart Douglas

Physiotherapist

Stuart Douglas joined AFC Wimbledon in July 2013 as the club physiotherapist.

 

Jason Moriarty profile pictureJason Moriarty

Fitness Coach

While studying sports science at Roehampton University Jason started working for AFC Wimbledon as first team fitness coach. Jason is responsible for planning and leading the strength and conditioning development of all first team players.