Paul Barry and Darren Powell have officially been named as the permanent management team for Hampton & Richmond Borough just one month after taking over for former manager Mark Harper. Now the pair must work on improving a squad that finished 13th in the Ryman Premier Division this past season.
Team Chairman Steve McPherson was pleased that the pair had agreed to take the position on a permanent basis stating that “both men bring great experience in different areas. I believe they complement each other very well and I’m very excited about the future.”
Powell has a long career in football on the field. He started at Hampton & Richmond Borough back in 1997 before moving on to stays with Brentford and Crystal Palace. Then from 2004 to 2008, he played in the English Premier League with West Ham United and in the Champions League with Southampton.
Powell returned to the Beavers in 2012 and now begins his coaching career with his first pro team. Life in the Ryman Division is quite different to his stint in the EPL. For starters, life as a Beaver is much more homespun.
Crowds are naturally smaller than in the EPL and there are no international TV deals broadcasting the Beavers around the globe. And the club itself has local businesses as sponsors – not media giants and airlines.
While life may be different in the Ryman Division, one can expect Powell to attack this new challenge as he has all others in his career.
New head coach Barry is looking forward to working with the current group of players and signing new ones. He said that he felt certain that he would be able to keep the players they want to retain and hope to sign new talent.
He told reporters recently that “We have a history of encouraging young players through the club and I hope this will continue. We have shown in the past few weeks that we like to play entertaining football, and hopefully we’ll get the results we want to go with this.”