Stevenage boss Dino Maamria appoints his backroom staff as League Two club gear up for 2018-19 season

PUBLISHED: 12:53 21 June 2018

Dino Maamria and his newly appointed backroom staff. L-R Jason Goodliffe, Dino, Simon Hollyhead and Jon Ashton. CREDIT Stevenage FC

Dino Maamria and his newly appointed backroom staff. L-R Jason Goodliffe, Dino, Simon Hollyhead and Jon Ashton. CREDIT Stevenage FC

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The Dino Maamria revolution continues at Stevenage as he announces his management team for the forthcoming season.

As Maamria’s players return to the club’s training complex, Bragbury End to report for pre-season training next week, the former Nuneaton boss has revealed his off-field team.

Since arriving in March he has been finalising who he wants with him and this week it has finally been revealed.

Appointed as his assistant coach is the highly-rated Simon Hollyhead, who has been headhunted from Scandinavia.

Hollyhead has returned to England to take his FA Pro Licence after seven years working for three of the top football clubs in Scandinavia.

The 46-year-old had been assistant manager at Swedish giants Malmo between 2010 and 2014 first under Rikard Norling, then under former Manchester City and Norwich City defender Age Hareide.

Hollyhead’s contribution helped guide them to two Super League titles under Norling in 2013 and Hareide a year later, as well as reaching the play-off round of the 2011-12 Champions League where they fell to Dinamo Zagreb 4-3 on aggregate despite beating them 2-0 in Sweden.

The following season Hollyhead repeated the trick, this time under Hareide helping his boss to win manager of the year.

He moved to SK Brann in Norway’s Eliteserien before joining Odense in the Danish Superliga.

The impressive Hollyhead also has a Masters degree in Sports Science.

Working alongside him as fellow assistant coach is Jason Goodliffe.

His main focus will be on the team’s defensive organisation and studying forthcoming opponents, while Hollyhead has been tasked with attacking play and ‘position specific’ development.

Jason needs no introduction to Boro fans having captained the club during his six years at the club during which he made more than 150 appearances. Goodliffe also previously worked with Maamria as a coach at Stevenage between 2013-2015 under the stewardship of Graham Westley.

Maamria has also appointed Jon Ashton who joins the club as fitness coach to support Craig Smith specialising in the team’s strength and conditioning.

Ashton worked with Maamria last term at Nuneaton and will be well known to Stevenage supporters for his strong performances at the heart of defence in Boro’s golden era of promotions and silverware.

The club’s first match of the League Two season has been revealed on Thursday morning, with newly-promoted Tranmere visitors to the Lamex.

Read CometSport for our in-depth coverage of Stevenage FC throughout the 2018-19 football season.

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