After playing and captaining the team for the last five years, Paul has been handed the reins of the Second team and has named Raffi as his assistant. Raffi will be hoping to learn from Paul, by giving valuable input into the running of the team, whilst still leading the line and hoping to add to his goal tally after netting an impressive 15 goals during the 2016-17 season. Raffi has also been a part of the Bury Ladies coaching set up for the last 12 months, gaining valuable experience and confidence over that time under the tutorship of Bury FC Ladies manager, Paul Iannaccone.
The new coaching team will be continuing their development under First team coach Donna Godwyn who had the following to say on the appointment of the duo:
"Paul and Raffi are a fantastic partnership to appoint as second team coaching staff. Paul has been developing his coaching skills over the last 12 months and has been a valuable asset to myself this year as I started coaching the squad mid-way through the season. Not only did Paul help me settle in with the team but also was great at helping me form accurate decisions on teams and players from previous sessions.
“Raffi has such a bright future ahead of him! He has already begun shadowing myself and Paul across some of the sessions we deliver with the Trust and has shown he is more than ready to take on this role. I look forward to seeing how things progress over the next few seasons!"
Bury Disability FC had their first game under the new managers on the 17th June which saw Bury beat local rivals Rochdale FC 6-4 in a very entertaining derby match.
Bury's goals were scored by 16-year-old Oliver Thornley, who notched four fine goals. The remaining two goals came from new signing Reece Hodgson and captain for the day Aarron O'Rourke.
This was Paul and Raffi's first game in charge and although it was only a friendly they will be keen, alongside first team manager Donna Godwyn, to keep building on that beyond pre-season.
Everyone at Bury Football Club would like to wish the best of luck to Paul and Raffi and everyone involved with Bury FC Disability for the upcoming season!