- Globetrotter Cassidy lands assistant manager’s job
- All-round experience is key to appointment for England Counties
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England Counties have appointed Shaun Cassidy as assistant manager in succession to Michael Old, who has taken over as the manager.
In choosing 40-year-old Cassidy, the Counties have selected a former England Under 21 and England Students player who not only has an extensive portfolio of clubs stretching from the Premiership down through the league structure and overseas, but also a broad touring experience which includes tours to North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
"We had an incredibly strong list of applicants and some very good interviews," said Michael Old.
"Shaun’s unique playing record – he played from Premiership down to Level Eight – and his extensive touring experience were important factors because the Assistant Manager’s job does entail a lot of the detailed, day-to-day administration that defines whether a tour operates smoothly and effectively.
"When you are on the move on a regular basis the minutiae are so important and Shaun’s experience of touring from a playing, coaching and management perspective all over the world will be invaluable to us."
Cassidy’s playing CV takes in spells with Middlesbrough, West Hartlepool, Durban HSOB, Newcastle Gosforth, Bedford, Mowden Park, Acklam, Blaydon and Leodiensians, with representative honours coming with England Students and Under 21s, Ireland Sevens and Northumberland.
New and exciting challenge says Cassidy
Middlesbrough-based Cassidy: "For the last few years I’ve been responsible for planning the travel and accommodation and the management of teams playing in competitions across the world.
"The Counties XV appointment is a new and exciting challenge and I’m very much looking forward to it. The Counties XV has been a fantastic stepping stone for some players to move on to better things, while for many it is the pinnacle of their playing careers, so it’s a major part of their achievements in the game. It’s a very important part of the representative structure.
"I’m also well aware of how much good work people like Danny Hodgson and Michael Old and other officials have done since the counties team was formed and I’ll be working hard to maintain that strong tradition. I’ve also been on tour with Dave Baldwin and Jan Bonney as a player and the prospect of teaming up with them again is another aspect of the job I’m looking forward to.
"I missed out on selection for that inaugural trip to Chile, but being chosen for this job is an excellent consolation. I’m thrilled."