Frickley Athletic add to management team with Rudy Funk and Graham Rodger

Frickley Athletic manager Wayne Benn has added to his management team by bringing in the vastly experienced Rudy Funk and goalkeeping coach Graham Rodger.

Benn is pleased with the appointments who he believes will be a big help as he looks to revive the club’s fortunes as they look to rebuild in the Northern Counties East League.

He said: “I’ve known Rudy for a number of years and we get on really well.

“We’ve been speaking a lot even prior to my appointment and the timing just seems right to work together. His experience can only be an asset and he will certainly be a huge help to both Andy (Hayward) and myself.

New look Frickley Athletic won their first pre-season game after adding to their management team.

Graham Rodger has worked with Rudy for a number of years and was highly recommended. We have crossed swords at different clubs, but having seen his session the other night I know that Graham will prove a great addition to the coaching team.”

Sarah Hearn, meanwhile, is the new first team physiotherapist and brings a lot of experience.

It was promising start for a new look team – without a single player from last season – as a side full of triallists won the Blues’ first pre-season friendly 3-1 against Dronfield.