Brighouse Town Ladies are delighted to announce the appointment of new reserve team manager Jonathon Holden, who joins the club from Bradford City and will take charge with immediate effect.
Holden brings a wealth of experience in the WPL having managed Bradford City Reserves to a very respectable third-place finish behind Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers during the 2015-16 season.
Holden is working towards his UEFA B License and is currently studying for a Masters degree in sports coaching at Leeds Beckett University. He also coaches the Leeds College Women’s side who won the ECFA League this past season.
“I’m really pleased to be invited to work with such a forward-thinking club who have made massive strides forward in the last couple of years,” said Holden.
“Having gained promotion to the FA WPL it’s a really exciting time to be a part of Brighouse Town.
“Helping the club be competitive in its first season in the WPL reserve league is going to be a fantastic challenge and one I’m really going to relish. It’s a great opportunity to build a squad of talented young players who will be able to progress to the first team. That’s the way reserve teams should be run, results are important but the progression of individuals more so.”
“With the support of Graham Binns, who has done a fantastic job at the club, I’ll work with the players to make sure they have excellent opportunities to play in the first team, to help them with their aspirations. I know that is what the club wants and those involved will go above and beyond to make it a success.”
“As a Bradford fan it was a difficult decision to move on, especially with how much success the club has had in the two years I was there. I think staying would have been an easy option, the quality they have is brilliant. But with the structure and positivity around the club at Brighouse there was only one place I could go.”
“Rob Mitchell has been fantastic and really sold the club well. I know a few of the players at the club too, who are outstanding talents and will push the club even further up the pyramid. I’m really excited by the challenge and can’t wait to get to work building something new, in a fresh environment, with brilliant support around me.”
Holden will also support the current first-team coaching team of Rob Mitchell, Colin Tomkins, Andy Stokes and Jordan Porter, with plans already in place for pre-season and the season ahead.
Manager Rob Mitchell said: “We are delighted to finally have Jonathon in place, his enthusiasm and work ethic are invaluable assets and I am really looking forward to working with him for many years to come.
“We really have a great group of coaches in place and structure that will allow us to grow with fantastic facilities and the amazing support that we have from Brighouse Town FC.
“We are looking for hard-working, enthusiastic and ambitious players to join the club and help us to continue our rise up the women’s pyramid in the coming years.”