Byrne relishing his role at Stewarts & Lloyds

Kevin Byrne is the new manager of Stewarts & Lloyds
Kevin Byrne is the new manager of Stewarts & Lloyds

Kevin Byrne is relishing his first job in management after being appointed as Daren Young’s successor at ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side Stewarts & Lloyds.

Byrne is well known throughout local football for his playing exploits in the UCL and at Corby Town.

But, at the age of 31, he has now taken his first steps into management, although he admitted he will continue to play for the time being at least.

“I heard about Daren resigning and I know the S&L chairman John Davies so I applied and asked for an interview,” Byrne said.

“I had to wait four or five days while others were interviewed but I got the good news late on Wednesday night and I am really looking forward to it.

“I will be playing as well as managing to start with. It is a young team and I will be able to do a job on the pitch until we are able to bring in some more experienced players.

“But I have Glynn Davies with me and he has a wealth of experience at this level and he will be helping me while I am playing.

“There is no budget for our players so everyone is playing on a voluntary basis. But we have a good bunch who will work hard.

“And we will certainly be going out to attack teams and we will try to win matches rather than settling for a point here or there.”

Byrne’s first game in charge is tomorrow’s (Saturday) FA Cup extra preliminary round clash with Arnold Town at Occupation Road.

“I am a bit fortunate because I have a mate who played against them last week so I know a fair bit about them,” the new S&L boss added.

“The lads trained really well on Thursday night and we will certainly fancy our chances of getting a good result.”