Rumours had been doing the rounds over the last few days that 2nd Division promotion chasers Bruno’s Magpies would be appointing former Gibraltar interim head coach Dave Wilson as their new head coach after they parted ways with former head coach Warren Muscat after just 1 game in charge just 4 days ago:
FC Bruno’s Magpies and Warren Muscat have parted company by mutual consent. The club would like to express their gratitude to Warren.
— Bruno’s Magpies (@BrunosMagpies) October 4, 2016
Today, the club has confirmed at a press conference that Wilson will be taking charge as the new head coach with immediate effect. In a statement to the media, Magpies confirmed the announcement as follows:
FC Bruno’s Magpies have moved swiftly to fill the vacancy of Club Head Coach & are delighted to announce the appointment of Davey Wilson to the position. Davey is well known & respected throughout Gibraltar football and is acknowledged as one of the leading coaches currently working in the Gibraltar game. Bruno’s Magpies are excited to be welcoming Davey to the Club and look forward to his wealth of knowledge, experience, enthusiasm & passion for the game helping our squad of players improve and reach the potential we know they are capable of. Davey will be working with the Club’s existing coaching staff but will also be bringing in a further Assistant Coach & Performance Analysis Coach to become what looks like a formidable coaching team. We warmly welcome Davey to our Club and look forward to enjoying successful times together.
Wilson was understandably excited about the new role, following his short stint as head coach of Premier Division side Lions Gibraltar earlier in the summer, which he left just a week before the start of the new season:
It’s an absolute honour to be asked to assist Magpies in their challenge for making history. From the minute I sat with the Chairman I knew I would finally be involved with an honest whole hearted, club who see their one potential and are willing to drive as one to encapsulate it all. It makes it easy for us to step back into football when you have the support and enthusiasm this club is built on. This was not a hard decision, the hardest thing after hearing all about Magpies was letting my wife know my short lived retirement was ending! Now the serious business of managing an ever improving motivated squad starts and it’s a challenge we all within the Club are looking forward to. Thank you to all that continually support the Magpies and we hope to continually keep you happy on the terraces and in the stands!”
Club Chairman Louis Perry also commented on the new appointed Head Coach, stating this appointment shows the level of ambition currently at the club:
“Appointing Davey is an exciting time in our Club’s development. Being able to attract a Coach of his calibre makes a real statement of our intent and ambition. When I sat down and spoke with him and explained our plans for the Club I think he quickly realised the potential behind our project and I’m absolutely delighted that he has made the decision to join us to help steer us through this most exciting of times for Bruno’s Magpies
Wilson will continue to work alongside current Magpies staff in addition to bringing in a couple of staff members of his own. Wilson will not have to wait long for his first game in charge as Sunday (tomorrow) Magpies take on FC Olympique 13.