Biggleswade United appoint highly-rated former Stevenage academy coach Jimmy Martin as new boss

PUBLISHED: 17:41 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:52 01 May 2018

Jimmy Martin is the new Biggleswade United boss. CREDIT: BUFC

Jimmy Martin is the new Biggleswade United boss. CREDIT: BUFC

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Biggleswade United have announced their new first team head coach as Jimmy Martin.

Guillem Balague Guillem Balague

The 28-year-old started his coaching career at Stevenage, working in their community foundation before working his way into the academy.

The Luton-born boss progressed to the lead coach role at Boro’s Elite Development Programme, where he had been working alongside former United manager Cristian Colas.

During his time at Stevenage the highly-acclaimed Martin has been getting his coaching badges and is currently in the final stages of completing his UEFA A Licence.

The rising managerial star will be Jimmy will be assisted by Emilio José Gutierrez who will arrive from Spain.

Guillem Balague at the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC. Credit: Guillem Balague.Guillem Balague at the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC. Credit: Guillem Balague.

He is a ProLicence young coach who has spent most of his career at UD Tomares, in Andalucía with the rest of the coaching staff to be announced in due course.

Martin said: “I’m very excited, Biggleswade is a unique setup, there’s a lot of people in the club that are trying to break the stereotype of non-league football, it’s really exciting times.”

United’s director of football Guillem Balague said of the appointment: “The thing that impressed me the most about Jimmy was his maturity, at no particular time was I worried, or his age entered the equation.

“If you have the commitment, if you have the knowhow, that is enough and his 5 years at Stevenage academy suggests he knows how to manage teams. 
“The conversations we have had have confirmed the reports I had on him and he is aware the importance of continuity in terms of what we want to see on the pitch but of course with his own additions.

Former Biggleswade United boss Cristian Colas.Former Biggleswade United boss Cristian Colas.

“He is a very focused, determined coach, and one who started a very promising career.”

Martin’s role is push the team further while recruiting effectively, but he is also tasked with imbuing the ethos and style of the club into every age level.

The new boss was also chosen for his experience in youth football which will be essential to the project everyone at the club are working towards.

Balague added: “We are bringing a pro licence coach from Sevilla, Emilio Jose Gutierrez who is 23 but already has a lot of experience, recommended to me by Marcos Alvarez who was the number two of Juande Ramos at Spurs, and now the number two at Betis.

“The highest recommendation possible, I would say. He’s very keen and will also take one of the U18 sides next season.

“That’s part of the new setup, which will see the U23s run by Keith Castle and Nyasha Sagwete and the U18s EJA team led by Tony Deitsch.

“I’m very excited about the energy I see flowing from meetings I have already had with Jimmy, and the rest of the senior set up.”

The club’s pre-season has already been put it in place, and friendlies will be announced soon, with Balague addeding: “I’m very excited to work closely with this mixed and energetic coaching staff.”

The appointment comes as Colas departed after three years, 163 games, 73 wins and 250 goals as United boss.

The well-respected Colas – who has been labelled the ‘Pep Guardiola of non-league football – said movingly: ”It’s time [to leave] and I need to breathe. To look for a new and exciting challenge.”

Colas thanked all his staff including Stuart Bimson and Albert Martinez – who are also leaving while director of football Guillem Balague praised the former boss and his men saying they are ‘fine coaches but even finer gentlemen.”

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