THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE: Paul Grainger joins Team Bury management team

NEW CLUB: Paul Grainger (right) pictured with then-owner and good friend Chris Symes at former club Cornard United, is now the assistant manager at Team Bury
NEW CLUB: Paul Grainger (right) pictured with then-owner and good friend Chris Symes at former club Cornard United, is now the assistant manager at Team Bury
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Experienced manager Paul Grainger has been announced as assistant manager at Team Bury.

The Bury Free Press broke the news ahead of an official announcement on the much-travelled Eastern Counties League boss Grainger, who has managed clubs including Debenham LC, Long Melford and Cornard United by the club on Monday (May 29) evening.

Grainger will add experience to the coaching set-up at Isthmian League League Bury Town's feeder club, with manager Guy Hayes, a former Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Peterborough United youth coach having only turned up at Ram Meadow last June.

Hayes was appointed alongside experienced youth coach Peter Meadcroft, the latter who left a month into the season, and led his new club to 17th position in the 2016-17 campaign in a 21 team division, three places higher than the previous season, where the side who draw their players from West Suffolk College Sports Academy had previously finished second-from-bottom.

Grainger has a wealth of experience of the First Division, having led Debenham LC to their first ever cup final, where he masterminded a 2-0 victory over First Division champions Whitton United to bag the club's first piece of silverware in the First Division Knockout Trophy.

Speaking about the appointment, manager Hayes said: "Paul has been managing for over 35 years, his experience will be a huge asset to me and all the players at the club.

"He is known for bringing through young players into senior football which matches the club's philosophy.

"Paul's previous experiences as a manager in the Thurlow Nunn League means it is a coup to have him on board."

Hayes has previously said the job at Team Bury is about developing all the players by using the West Suffolk College link up to bring through the next set of successful non-League players in the area.

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