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Barrow next manager after Pete Wild
Barrow AFC – Pete Wild
When the season 2021/22 was nearly the end, Barrow AFC decided to make some changes in the team before going on holidays and pre-season preparations. One of those changes in this team was appointing new manager and it was Pete Wild. It was a bit of a surprise mostly because Pete was manager of Halifax Town until 26 May 2022, and on 27 May 2022 he was announced as the new manager of Barrow AFC.
Chairman Paul Hornby, said: “We are delighted to welcome Pete to Barrow. He’s a manager who has been on our radar for some time, due to the phenomenal job he’s done over the past three years at FC Halifax Town. He’s not only a good young coach, but he can spot and develop young players. He’s exactly the type of manager we were after and he immediately bought into what we are trying to build here at Barrow.”
Pete Wild never was professional football player, he only played amateur football. He is into managerial waters since he was 18 years old. His first job was at Oldham Athletic in coaching stuff. After 10 years spent at the club, he finally got his first serious job when he was appointed as caretaker of Oldham. Despite the good results, he was changed from that position, but after few months he was again named as Oldham’s caretaker.
In 2019 he was appointed as Halifax Town manager in English National league where he worked until 26 May 2022, just a day before he joined Barrow.
Before the start of 2022/23 season, Barrow AFC was among the main candidates for relegation from English League Two. But, this team with Pete Wild as manager started the season great and now, halfway through the season Barrow is far from relegation zone and this team has good chances of entering the playoffs for promotion to League One.
“I’ve come in at a fantastic time. They had a couple of years of trying to find their way as a football league club but now they’re ready to progress. I was very lucky that there were a few offers on the table (after Halifax) and of all of them, this project excited me the most. They have ambitions to develop their academy and stadium and appointed their first sporting director, Iain Wood, over the close season. I’m a manager and I wanted to make an incremental step. I didn’t want to make a step too far and in a couple of years it’d be a case of one step forward and two back.
I wanted to make sure it was the right club and I’d get time to build. There’s nothing worse than a club that gives you six months to try and achieve a promotion without the tools.
You want a club that wants to try and build things, see progression and then that takes you forward. At any successful club a manager has been given time to recruit players and build a way of playing and time to build that”said Pete.
His resume is very different compared with other manager’s resumes. He has run pubs, clubs, worked as mechanic and yet he is very good as manager of football team.
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