Lee Hodges is happy to have Martin Jones on board at Truro City
Truro City boss Lee Hodges has appointed Martin Jones, from Torpoint, as the successor to Dave Newton, who has retired from the post of assistant manager and coach at the Cornish club.
Jones is a well-known figure in Westcountry youth football coaching circles, and he has current coaching links with Barclays Premier League club Sunderland.
Hodges first got to know him during his playing days at Plymouth Argyle, when Jones, now in his early forties, was coaching in the Home Park club's youth scheme.
The City player-manager said: "We have stayed in touch ever since and become good friends. He has worked with Newts [Newton] at Plymouth and has now agreed to help out Truro for nothing until the end of the season.
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"I'm delighted to have Martin on board and I'm sure we will work very well together and he'll be good for the lads. He is very well known as a coach at lots of schools in the region and welcomes the opportunity now to assist at a more senior level. He also has a lot of good contacts in the game, which will be a bonus."
The pair will first be in action together next Tuesday, when City return to Blue Square Bet South action at Treyew Road against Dover Athletic (7pm kick-off).
Truro, whose away game at Eastleigh was called off on Tuesday – it will now be played on December 11 – do not have a first-team fixture today. The only scheduled Blue Square Bet fixture is in Kent, where Dover Athletic are due to take on Weston-super Mare.
Weston manager Craig Laird has resisted the temptation to enter the transfer market to augment his squad. "I put this squad together for a reason and I don't see why I should change for the sake of change," he said this week. "I have faith in my players."
Blue Square Bet South rivals Dorchester Town have taken a different stance. They have been busy this week in terms of topping up their squad ahead of today's FA Carlsberg Trophy tie at home to Paul Buckle's Luton Town side.
The Magpies have brought in forward Dan Thompson and midfielder George Colson, two Portsmouth teenagers, from Fratton Park in loan deals. They have also signed former Exeter City forward Richard Logan on non-contract terms.
The 30-year-old, who left the Grecians at the end of last season, had his contract at Wycombe Wanderers cancelled by mutual consent last week. He will lead Dorchester's attack along with another former Exeter striker, Ben Watson, this afternoon.