Clapton FC have named Jon Fowell as their new manager following Mike Walther’s departure last month.
Caretaker manager Andre Thomas, who was in charge for four games, will stay at the club and returns to the assistant manager role.
The official Clapton website’s statement to announce Fowell’s appointment intriguely has promised ‘fresh…left of field ideas’.
We’re putting in an interview request to find out what that’s all about and to get to know him further – and we want your questions to put to him too.
In a nutshell
The list of clubs Jon played for include Grays, Aldershot, Leyton Pennant, Kingstonian and Ilford.
He has had several jobs in football since, including coaching at the Wimbledon FC academy and a job at Clapton’s neighbours Leyton Orient in their community scheme.
He has also coached abroad and offers a Dutch Soccer School for primary school age children. Most recently he was coaching the Enfield Town youth team.
Clapton’s statement on his appointment
“Jon brings with him a proven background of management and youth development of players to a higher level within the pyramid system of our football league.
“His philosophy fits into the future aspirations of the development of Clapton FC. He brings fresh ideas, some of which is left of field, but we are backing him!”
In his own words – on his appointment
Fowell told the official website: “This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great football club; hoping to continue the superb work that Michael has executed and endeavour to move the club in the right direction with my expertise, professionalism, support and encouragement.”
in his own words – on his background
Fowell’s profile on the Dutch Soccer School website says: “I gained my FA level 2 in 1993 under Leyton Orient first team manager John Sitton.
“In summer of 1993 I went to coach in the USA where I met Alf Galustian of Coerver coaching, it changed my way of thinking and coaching. In 1994 I got a job at Leyton Orient in their community schemes.
“In the summer of 1995 I decided to take my FA Level 3 intermediate course UEFA B now under Tony Lynton and in 1997 I was offered a job at Chelsea FC working in their satellite centres which I did for a few months but didn’t find it good.
“In 1998 my big break came and I was offered a job at both Arsenal FC under Roy Massey and Liam Brady but chose Wimbledon FC as I wanted to work with one of the best academy managers in modern day football Terry Burton, one of the first coaches to gain his UEFA A Pro licence in the world.
“Whilst under Terry’s leadership, I gained much coaching experience and signed players like Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspurs), Colin Kazim Richards (Turkey International) and Feyenoord and David Martin (MK Dons).”
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