Brian O'Donnell named as new Frome Town manager
Former AFC Bournemouth youth-team manager Brian O'Donnell has been named as the new first-team boss at Frome Town.
O'Donnell, who will be introduced to the squad ahead of tomorrow night's home clash against Chippenham Town in the Red Insure League Cup (7.30pm), has most recently been working as a scout for Tony Mowbray at Championship club Middlesbrough.
Robins chairman Jeremy Alderman said: "We are really happy that Brian has accepted our offer and we look forward to working closely with him.
"We had a good level of applicants and it was a really tough decision but in the end Brian ticked all the right boxes that we were looking for and came across really well in the interview.
"He buys into what we are trying to achieve and that we are building an entire club, not just the
first team, while at the same time knowing that if the foundations are right the first team will prosper."
O'Donnell - who watched Saturday's 4-4 draw against Bedford Town in the Calor League Southern Premier Division - had playing spells at AFC Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Torquay United, Yeovil Town, Bath City, Salisbury City and Basingstoke Town, as well as in Australia, during his lengthy career.
After retiring, the 56-year-old Scot had coaching roles with Salisbury and Bournemouth, as well as managerial stints at Bournemouth Poppies and Poole Town.
O'Donnell was also briefly caretaker manager at Dorchester Town in 2009.
Robins secretary Ian Pearce added: "Brian comes from a very good background within football and is keen to work with some of our local players, as well as tapping into our youth section - a key element for moving everything forward."