We are delighted to confirm that Captain Andy Long, goalkeeper Darren Gibbons and defender Gareth Beattie have all committed themselves to the club for next season.
(Posted: 30th June 2017)
New Bangor boss Hugh Sinclair sat down with Bangorfc.com on Tuesday night to discuss the task in hand of leading the Seasiders back to Irish League Football.
The challenge ahead..
"Without doubt this is a different challenge to what I have faced before. Bangor is the biggest club I have managed. I am privileged to be given the opportunity to come on board and take the reins at a club like Bangor. While it is a challenge, I am excited to face up to it. As a club we are where we are and we all need to galvanise, pull together and move in the right direction."
The backroom team..
"My first team coach will be John Moore while I am bringing Ross Williams in as my assistant manager. Ross is a former-Bangor player and his appointment might be a surprise to a lot of people but Ross has great people skills and will bring a calming influence to the dressing room."
"I am looking for players who want to come and play for Bangor Football Club. I want players to come and grasp the vision here. As a manager I have always looked to get players with a good work ethic and a physical approach to their game. By having a strong spine to the team I can then look to add the creativity which we will need. I am looking to build a squad which is mainly made up of players from the Bangor and north Down area. I believe that the catchment is here to do that without doubt. We have to be honest and at the minute Bangor and Ards are streets apart. I want to close that gap but at the minute, outside of Ards, I want Bangor to be the best option for players in the local area. I watched Bangor a couple of times last season and it was not the Bangor side that I was used to seeing when I managed Knockbreda. The team and club have suffered over the past number of years and I want to put that right. I have an idea of the strengths of some of the existing players and I will be talking to them over the coming days."
"My aspirations for this season are to win the Steel and Sons Cup, the league and gain promotion. Those are achievable targets for Bangor and if they were not, I would not be here as the manager. I have always been a competitor and I am confident that I can motivate players and get the best out of them and achieve our objectives."
The Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League..
"We cannot afford to go into this season arrogantly. We will prepare properly and I have somebody who will watch games in the league for me and report back. Bangor will be the big scalp for clubs this season. Clubs will come to our home and covet the facilities we have and as a result they will up their performance and we need to be ready to react to that. I am delighted that we will have a reserve team competing in the Ballymena and Provincial league structure next season. I will be putting together a squad of players who will all want to be playing football. To an extent, if someone is not playing for the first team, it eases the disappointment for them if they are getting a game for a reserve side."
"I want our supporters to be themselves. They pay their money to come and watch their team. If things are going well, they will share their opinion. If things are going badly, they will share their opinion. There are no backdoors to me and I will be open and honest with our supporters. I am not going to treat people with disdain and I will make myself readily available to our supporters at any time throughout the season for a discussion with them. I want to build a cohesion and camaraderie right across this club. If the players and supporters can have an affinity with each other ultimately the club will see the benefits."
(Posted:28th June 2017)