Bath favourite returns to club as new boss

Former Bath City favourite Jerry Gill has taken over as manager of the Vanarama National (South) club.

He brings a wealth of playing and coach- ing experience to Twerton Park. He once gained promotion to the Premier League with Birmingham City and also coached the under-18s and under-23s at Norwich City and the under-18s at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Said Bath chairman Nick Blofeld: “We’re really excited to have Jerry join us. He’s a very talented coach who has worked with some of the best managers and young players in the country, and is well thought of throughout the game.

“Now is the right time for him to step up to first-team management with our strong, experienced squad.”

Gill admitted that the club always held a big place in his heart. “It’s great to get the chance to manage the team here,” he said. “I’m confident that I can use my knowledge and experience to help develop the team and will also look to strengthen the squad a little and build on the firm foundations that already exist here.”

Chairman Paul Williams said that he was impressed with Gill’s vision and plans for the future of the club and was looking forward to working with him.

Jim Rollo, who was in interim charge after manager Gary Owers left for the top job at Torquay United, will retain his position as Bath’s assistant manager, and there are no other changes in the coaching team.

Gill made more than 200 appearances for Bath and 56 at Yeovil before spending five years at Birmingham. He went on to play at Northampton Town, Forest Green Rovers and then made 209 appearances for Cheltenham Town including another successful promotion campaign.

Following retirement as a player, he coached in non-League with Forest Green before moving into youth team development at League level. He has held roles at Bristol Rovers, Birmingham and Kidderminster Harriers, as well as his major appointments at Norwich and Wolves.

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