FOOTBALL: EXPERIENCED player and coach Alex Baird has taken over the full-time reins full time at Banbury Road after being confirmed as Southam United’s new first team manager.
As a player, Baird made over 450 appearances at step six level or above, reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase twice and the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup once.
He has also won the North West Counties Division One title as well as helping West Didsbury and Chorlton to their highest ever league position whilst winning the league cup with them.
Since moving to the Midlands, Baird has played for Coleshill Town, Atherstone Town and more recently Southam United where he enjoyed a spell as player/coach.
Baird is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained at Littleton in October and does not intend to play again. He will be adding to his staff in the coming days.
“We had a good number of very credible candidates for the post but, after deliberation, it was evident that the most viable candidate was Alex,” said Southam chairman Charles Hill.
“He has already shown 110 per cent plus commitment to the Club and commands the respect of the existing squad but is realistic in knowing that certain key additions are needed if we are to have any chance at all of avoiding relegation through our on field efforts.
“Whilst maintaining my own sense of realism, and bearing in mind the considerable financial resources most other clubs in the division are throwing around, I am confident that better times are ahead for the first team.”