Search

Daggers Academy boss Brown - More can follow Connors and Nouble into the first team

13:59 25 July 2014

New Daggers Academy Manager Kenny Brown. Pic: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

New Daggers Academy Manager Kenny Brown. Pic: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

PA Archive/Press Association Images

New Daggers Academy Manager Kenny Brown believes there are more youngsters that can follow in the footsteps of Jack Connors and Jon Nouble and make the grade in the first team.

Brown joined the Victoria Road club in January as under-16s manager, but has now taken up the Academy role with Warren Hackett now concentrating on his first-team duties.

The likes of Connors have made the step up to the first team with minimum fuss, while Nouble signed his first professional deal at the end of last season and Brown feels there is plenty more on the Daggers production line.

“What’s good about this club is that every one in the first-team backroom staff have worked with the Academy at some point,” said Brown.

“The club cannot afford to go out and get big names, we have to promote from withing and the ethos certainly is if you are good enough then you are old enough. With the likes of Jack and Jon in the first team it gives encouragement to the youngsters that if they work hard then they can follow in their footsteps.

“We have re-signed eight or nine in to the Academy and we’ve not just done that to make up the numbers, we believe we have a good crop coming through and hopefully they can continue to progress well.”

Brown enjoyed a good football career and was a fans’ favourite during his five-year stay at West Ham United.

He has also coached and managed at non-league level, but the Academy role is a completely different kettle of fish for Brown.

“When you are at first team level it is very much a results-driven industry,” added Brown.

“That’s not the case with the youngsters, you work with them on more of an individual level.

“You have to make them feel relaxed and comfortable in the environment if you want them to succeed.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

08:20
Mark Parker of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ryman North: Harlow 4 Redbridge 0; Barkingside 0 Thamesmead 2

Our West Ham blogger sees plenty of positives in defeat at Everton

Yesterday, 19:48
Ashley Chambers of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Carlisle United (pic:Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Victory moves Daggers up to 21st in league table but Burnett insisted they didn’t do anything different compared to previous home matches

Most read sport

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition