Ex-Watford striker the shock name in charge at Codicote

PUBLISHED: 14:41 22 May 2017

Gifton Noel-Williams, seen in his Burnley days, has been named as the new manager at Codicote. Picture: DAVE THOMPSON/PA

Gifton Noel-Williams, seen in his Burnley days, has been named as the new manager at Codicote. Picture: DAVE THOMPSON/PA

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Codicote have pulled off a stunning coup by naming former Watford, Stoke and Burnley striker Gifton Noel-Williams as their new manager.

The Spartan South Midlands League Division One side announced the deal on Sunday at the club’s youth presentation.

Noel-Williams, who made 193 appearances for Watford, scoring 41 goals, before heading to Stoke, replaces Steve Young.

In total he made almost 400 appearances in senior football before retiring in 2010 and launching a career in coaching.

He is a UEFA A licensed coach who has coached in the USA and the UK will join forces with last season’s first-team coach James Tizard.

The new management team will also work closely with Codicote Youth FC in the development of their coaches and players while Codicote this season will introduce a new U18 Southern Floodlit side as part of that process.

Chairman Jim Bundy said: “This is a very important appointment for the club but it was just as important that we retained ‘Tiz’ after the excellent work he has done with the current squad.

“Gifton was introduced by one of our sponsors and came up to the club a couple of times to watch when our opposition was Harpenden.

“But then he introduced himself once the decision was made by Steve to step down.

“It’s a great appointment for the club and took us a little by surprise but you could tell from various meetings with Gifton and Tiz, when they detailed how they would like the squad to develop both on and off the pitch and how we as a committee could help, that the appointment of this management team was a no brainer.

“This has the feel of a sea change at the club. When we introduced Gifton at the club’s youth presentation on Sunday, it was obvious from his reception that, if we get this right, the complete club should benefit.

“But Initially Tiz and Gifton have a task on their hands in getting the right players with not just ability but the mind set and commitment to play for the club.

“They have set out an early start for the lads purely down to the interest we have had already and by the time the first pre-season game comes around in July, the squad should be taking shape.”

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