Tidswell takes coaching role with Holbeach

Holbeach United's presentation night on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson
Holbeach United's presentation night on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson

Andrew Tidswell has agreed to stay at Holbeach United as player-coach.

The prolific striker will take on a joint role next season by working alongside manager Darren Jarvis, assistant-boss Tom Roberts and coach Steve Kerwood.

Jarvis admitted: “It’s great news for us that Tidswell has agreed to stay with us and also accepted the role of player-coach.

“We are building a very young management team and he will be part of that.

“We want to use him as a player because he has shown in recent years that he is the best player in the league.

“I’m very pleased to be able to use him on the training field as well.

“He’s a qualified coach as a day job and his perspective on how the game should be played reflects what I believe in and want to achieve here.

“I couldn’t ask for a better coaching team.”

The Tigers were given an extra boost ahead of next season as Stacy Cartwright also agreed to stay at Carter’s Park.

Jarvis added: “He will be a key man for us.

“We know he’s a fantastic competitor, a winner and a very good player at centre-half, left-back or in midfield.

“There are a few other players who are very close to agreeing deals along with one or two high-profile signings.

“We are really excited over what we can achieve at the club next season.”

Gary King – who collected the players’ player-of-the-year award on Saturday night – was the first member of the squad to sign up again for Holbeach.

However, Jarvis admits there are doubts over whether top scorer Jamie Clarke will remain with the Tigers.

He said: “It was certainly no surprise that Clarke picked up the supporters’ player-of-the-year award because he has a great rapport with the fans.

“His attitude is first class and he committed himself to Holbeach when a lot of other people moved on.

“He had offers to move on to a higher level. I’d love to keep him here but I need to sit down and talk to him about whether he’s happy to carry 
on travelling here.”