New boss Brian O'Donnell 'delighted' to get Frome Town chance
Former AFC Bournemouth youth team boss Brian O’Donnell has been named as the new manager of Frome Town.
O’Donnell, who will be introduced to the squad ahead of tonight’s home clash against Chippenham Town in the Red Insure Cup (7.45pm), has most recently been working as a scout for Tony Mowbray at SkyBet Championship club Middlesbrough.
The 56-year-old Scot has also had coaching roles with Salisbury City and Bournemouth, as well as managerial stints at Bournemouth Poppies and Poole Town.
O’Donnell was also briefly caretaker boss at Dorchester Town in 2009 and was pleased to have the chance to return to management at the AlderSmith Stadium.
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“I’ve been out of management for a while and am delighted to get back in at such a good standard and with a progressive club that’s looking to move forward,” said O’Donnell.
“It really doesn’t matter what level it’s at, management is management and it’s what you want to do when you are involved in the coaching side of football.”
Robins chairman Jeremy Alderman believes O’Donnell was the outstanding candidate to take over following Derek Graham’s departure last month.
He 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, pictured, watched the 4-4 draw against Bedford Town in the Calor League Southern Premier Division at the weekend and will take full control of the side for Saturday’s FA Trophy first qualifying round clash at home to Poole Town (3pm). His first league match will be the visit of Bashley on Wednesday (7.45pm).
“There were some good aspects of the game on Saturday and lots of positive signs which we can work on,” said O’Donnell.
“It’s some tough games first up. I couldn’t really have wished for a harder one in Poole. I know a couple of their players and they are a very good team, so it’ll be a difficult game.
“Personally I’d love a cup run but my priority is do as well as we can in the league – that’s the most important thing. It’s been a mixed start so far and we need to pull away from the lower reaches of the table.
“But these first few games will give us a good chance to find out exactly what we’ve got and what we need to work on. My first priority is to assess the players, try to improve them and then look to go from there.
“The club wants to move forward and take the step to the next level, and that’s exactly what I want to help them to do.”