Jones puts family first

Jones puts family first

Posted on December 12, 2020 in 'News'

Due to personal reasons our U14 NPL Coach Tommy Jones has stepped down with immediate effect.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tommy for all his success while at ECU, both as a player and coach over the last 15 years and he will always be welcome back at the campus. We wish Tommy and his family all the best. (Photo Tommy and last season’s under 13s squad)

Jones said family must come first. “Unfortunately, I have had to step down from my role as Academy coach, as my wife is quite unwell,” Jones explained.

“She has had lupus SLE for around four years, but she has now been diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) so it’s very hard at times for her to do anything at all, even the simplest of things.

“Again, she’s been like it for the last six months but they have ruled out other things. I didn’t want to leave the boys in mid session so I’ve made the decision now as it’s hard to commit 100% to the role and thought it was best for me to resign – my family must come first.

“I’d to thank the club for their understanding at this time and to the parents of the team, they have been amazing and very supportive to our situation so that’s been really nice and touching.”

The club have acted quickly to fill the role and we are pleased to announce that Danny O’Shea will be the U14 NPL Coach and will also be part of Head Coach Kenny Lowe’s coaching line up for the 2021 season

Danny is already known around the campus and currently holds UEFA, FFA and ASIAN A Licence accreditation. We welcome Danny to the Campus and wish him all the best for next season and beyond.