Atherton Collieries can today confirm further additions to manager David Chadwick's backroom staff, as we wish a warm welcome to physiotherapist Tony Dunn alongside returning first-team coach Warren Jones.Tony Dunn joins from Ramsbottom United, where he was regarded as a popular member of the club whilst working alongside both David Chadwick & Tony Cobban. Tony previously gained seven years of experience as a member of Burnley FC's matchday medical team. Away from the football pitch, Tony operates as an Advanced Ambulance Practitioner, and was a 2022 recipient of the Ambulance Long Service Medal.
Tony adds: "My main personal attribute is that I'm a friendly approachable person who's a bit of a football joker, but knows when to be serious and will always chat when I have the time. I'm passionate about football and will always give 100% for every club I work for, and this has been borne out by the number of job opportunities I have been offered over the last few weeks.I'm really looking forward to getting going at the Skuna Stadium and helping the club cement our place in the NPL Premier Division!" Returning to the Skuna Stadium as a first-team coach, Warren Jones has gained a wealth of further experience in non-league, holding further coaching positions with Prescot Cables, West Didsbury & Chorlton and Daisy Hill, alongside two stints as manager at Laburnum Rovers plus additional scouting roles.
Warren is no stranger to the Stripes boot-room, playing a key role in the early days of the Michael Clegg tenure, winning the North West Counties First Division, League Cup & Bolton Hospital Cup over a two year stint at the club. Warren's wealth of knowledge has also been called upon by previous Colls managers Steve Pilling and Brad Cooke at Prescot Cables and West Didsbury & Chorlton respectively.
Speaking on his return, Warren adds: "I'm delighted to be back at Colls. I had a few offers but I met with Chaddy and his visions for the club matched mine. We talked about what we want to achieve, how we believe the game should be played and I was energised by the meeting, and the fact it was Atherton Collieries made it an absolute no brainer."All the staff are buzzing to start and behind the scenes lots of preparation is underway. It is up to us now to work hard for this great club and see where it takes us. I have had some great journeys with Colls, here is to the start of another!"