Coastal football manager heads north

HEADHUNTED: Coastal Spirit Football Club’s football development manager Paul Bateson will take up a position at Auckland’s Three Kings United in January.

Coastal Spirit football development manager Paul Bateson has been headhunted by Auckland’s Three Kings United.

Bateson has been in his current role at Coastal since August last year. He will finish before Christmas to take up the role of director of football at Three Kings in January.

The Auckland club is one of the largest in the country and finished fifth in the Northern Region Football League.

“When I got the phone call I was really surprised. They really sold it to me. The club’s a progressive one and they’re looking to push for a spot in the national league in the
next few years,” Bateson said.

After moving from the United Kingdom in 2008, the 31-year-old has held a number of footballing roles in Christchurch.

He spent three years as football development officer at Mainland Football.

Bateson has also been engaged as a coach by both the Mainland Federation Talent Centre and NZ Football National Talent Centre.

He previously held the role of assistant coach with the Canterbury United youth team.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. Coastal are a club that has an absolutely fantastic culture and are really encouraging with people going onto higher honours,” Bateson said.

Coastal administration manager Rowena Scherrer and marketing and facilities manager Jimmy Stewart will handle the vacant role on a temporary basis while the club decides on the best way forward.