Meet the Manager – Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells are hosting a ‘Meet the Manager’ evening tonight where Richard Styles will introduce himself and his backroom team to the Culverden faithful.

Before that the Club Website had a quick chat with the new boss:

Welcome to Tunbridge Wells FC Richard. Can you tell us what your footballing background is?

RS : My Footballing background started at Gillingham and Crystal Palace as a youth player. I then played for Crawley Town in the national conference in 2005/06.
After being released I spent a season playing in America for New England Revolution 2 and New Hampshire Phantoms.
Unfortunately I tore my ACL ( Anterior cruciate ligament ) while out there. After rehab and retuning to the UK I played for and had spells with Maidstone, Tonbridge Angels, Sittingbourne, Chatham Town, Herne Bay & Slade Green making over 350 appearances.
I ended my playing career at Lordswood having ruptured my other ACL and after finishing the season with them having made over 100 appearances overall.

I predominately played in Central Midfield or Centre Back during my playing career.

Away from football, what is your day job?

RS : My day job is an alternative curriculum centre manager for the area of Kent for Charlton Athletic Community Trust which is the community arm of the football club.

What attracted you to apply to become manager of The Wells?

RS : The Tunbridge Wells job was an attractive opportunity because I know the size of the club, the previous successes the club has had. I Also saw it as a personal progression from the position and club I was at.

What can Wells supporters expect from a Richard Styles Wells team

RS : The Wells supporters can expect our team to be hard working, passionate to play for the badge and supporters. We will try and play attractive, attacking football when the conditions allow it across the league season, but at the same time we will have a plan B if called upon and it means the difference between winning and losing.
I want the supporters to enjoy watching us play and feel a connection with the players. The players will be proud to wear the shirt and give everything to get a result on a match day.

The full interview can be read here on the Club Website

Richard and his management team will be hosting a Q&A session for supporters to attend and ask any questions they may have going into the upcoming season on Tuesday 18th June at 19:30 in the Culverden clubhouse.