Babb to lead Hayes & Yeading in to new era
Former Liverpool and Eire defender Phil Babb has been chosen as the man to lead Hayes & Yeading United Football Club into their next chapter in the Conference South with his apppointment to First Team Manager of the Middlesex club.
Having made over 400 senior appearances in 17 years as a professional footballer, gained 35 international caps, appeared in 2 Wembley Cup Finals and made 2 Champion’s League appearances, Babb's football pedigree is impressive alone, but following discussions with the club his attitude, knowledge of the club and his desire to build his managerial career the correct way placed him head and shoulders above other candidates.
Upon confirming the appointment, Director of Football Tony O'Driscoll said:
"What we have always aspired to for this football club is to recruit people who are in it for the right reasons and have the club right at their heart. Phil immediately impressed us all with what he knew about us, our players and the level we are playing at. He has an incredible knowledge of the game across all levels and shares our vision in building the club the correct way."
Currently a UEFA-B licensed coach, 42 year old Babb will be ably supported by a coaching team, already known to United supporters. Staying on at the club and forming the balance of the coaching team will be Assistant Manager Tristan Lewis and Reserve Team Manager Delroy Preddie.
Speaking about his appointment, Babb said:
"I'm really excited about this opportunity to put to use my years of experience, plus the knowledge of non-league and lower league football that I have gained in recent years. I followed closely the fortunes of the club last year, and recognise the bags of potential it has and like its forward-thinking approach. I've watched many games at this level and know what a tough division it is, but believe I have the skills to help in the building of a successful club and nurture some great young talent."
In reference to his retaining the services of last season's coaching team he added:
"I have worked with coaches from across the world and rarely do you see the combination of the thirst for knowledge and passion that both Tristan and Delroy have displayed to me. I recognise their commitment to this club, and value that as a great asset in my taking the first team manager's job here at Hayes & Yeading United."
Hayes & Yeading United will commence their second successive season in the Conference South this August, with the hope that the same will coincide with their return to their own ground in Hayes, Middlesex following two seasons groundsharing at Woking FC while The Sharda Glass Community Stadium has been re-developed.