New Manager Announced

Jeff Bonser today announced who has been given the responsibility to steer Walsall away from the League One relegation zone. That man is Kevan Broardhurst.

Kevan will be in charge until the end of the season. Bonser stated "Our arrangement is to the end of this season, and Kevan's brief is obviously to keep us in League One ... If that objective is achieved, there is no doubt that Kevan will continue as manager for next season, and that is the only scenario I want to consider".

So who is Kevan Broadhurst?

Kevan's playing career consisted of 163 games for Birmingham City between 1977 and 1983. In 1979 he had a three match loan spell at Fellows Park. The centre backs playing career was cut short by injury in 1983.

He then went into coaching with his first position being at St.Andrews. From Birmingham City he joined Northampton Town as Assistant Manager. Later he had spells as reserve team coach of Luton Town. He returned to Northampton Town as manager where he revived a struggling team. He left in 2003 and joined Bristol Rovers as Assistant Manager - where he left in the summer. During his time at Bristol Rovers he became caretaker-manager.

His managerial record is as follows

Northampton P77 W26 D14 L37
Bristol Rovers P6 W3 D2 L1
Overall P83 W29 D16 L38

Broardhurst holds a Uefa A coaching licence. Which means for the first time in 2 years Walsall have a qualified coach/manager!

Whilst spending his entire coaching career in the lower leagues, he is not a name that will inspire supporters. However he has the experience of knowing what League One is all about and that is the important thing ... for the moment.