With the 2018-19 season coming to an end next Tuesday, as we will seek to retain the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, planning for next season is already well underway.
We have been working behind the scenes for several weeks to ensure the staffing structure is in position for the 2019-20 campaign.
Whilst our destiny is unknown in terms of whether we will be competing in the North or South division we have to be fully prepared for all eventualities.
Mark Jones has worked hard to achieve the internal targets set for the team and we are delighted to be able to progress Mark’s role into a full time position.
This will enable increased time for player recruitment, team preparation, match analysis and to develop close links with other teams within the club.
Mark’s leadership has resulted in a number of key achievements this season including sustaining our position as a National League club, reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the second successive season, developing the brand of football, and successfully developing a high number of young players.
Oxford City Football Club are delighted to announce the first team management team will be comprised of:
Mark Jones: First Team Manager
Andy Ballard: Assistant Manager
Ross Jenkins: First Team Coach
Ryan Gurton: Goalkeeping Coach
Andy joins us following a successful 3 years as Didcot Town Manager.
We are delighted to welcome Andy back to City having represented the club over 300 times as a player at varying levels including National League.
Andy has done an excellent job at Didcot, guiding them to the first round of the FA Cup and to the play off positions. His drive, knowledge and coaching abilities will be an asset for the club moving forwards.
Ballard here pictured back in his playing days with the club
Ross has an excellent playing pedigree and has played over 80 games at Championship level for Watford FC.
He has also played in countries such as Norway and Romania, experiencing different coaching methods and styles of play. Ross' last club was Hamilton Academicals in the Scottish Premiership, where unfortunately he was forced to retire due to a persistent back injury. Ross has always been a student of the game and having just retired from playing as a professional will provide a nice link between the management and players.
Ross pictured here in his time at Hamilton Academicals
Ryan is a UEFA B Licence coach who has undertaken the role of goalkeeping coach this season and has worked hard to develop a strong relationship with the goalkeepers this season. He will continue to provide position specific knowledge with the goalkeepers.
We will be making further announcements regarding playing personnel support staff as the close season progresses.
The club would also like to thank first team coach Steve Glenister who is stepping down from his role after two and a half seasons with the club.