Biggleswade United all-change as former boss Jimmy Martin leaves for Premier League Watford

PUBLISHED: 16:18 15 November 2018

Biggleswade United Jimmy Martin. Picture: DANNY LOO

Biggleswade United Jimmy Martin. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Biggleswade United have rung the changes, appointing a new head-coach as Jimmy Martin joins Premier League Watford.

The Second Meadow side have announced Emilio Gutierrez as their new head-coach, and Alex Salvador as his assistant - with Martin moving into a coaching role at the Hornets.

Gutierrez had been working as Martin’s assistant since the former Stevenage coach’s appointment in May, while Salvador had been coaching United’s U23 side.

A club statement said: “Both coaches, despite their youth, have experience at both academy and senior level in Spain and both have taken the bold step of coming to England with a view to enhancing their careers.

“Emilio and Alex are already involved with the club and their appointment as our new first side’s management team helps us to fulfil our remit which is to maintain continuity by promoting from within our organisation wherever possible.”

In further changes, highly-respected Spanish broadcaster Guillem Balague has replaced Gareth Davies as chairman after just eight months.

Davies had stated plans of taking United to step five in a new ground, but faced backlash during his short stay after stating the Spartan South Midlands Premier side were a ‘football league club in non-league surroundings.’

Tim Browne and Fran Constancio, head of United’s academy, will take over Balague’s former duties as director of football.

The statement continued: “We would like to wish Jimmy our very best wishes as he sets forward on a new stage in his career.

“We have always placed enormous emphasis on the importance of top coaching and it comes as no surprise that his style and coaching acumen should have attracted the attention of the Premier League.”

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