Danny the boy for Long Buckby

Former Woodford United manager Paul Oddy will assist new boss Daniel Stewart
Former Woodford United manager Paul Oddy will assist new boss Daniel Stewart

Daniel Stewart has been named as the new manager of UCL Premier Division club Long Buckby.

The 25-year-old is taking the step into management at a very young age, and to help him along he will be assisted by former Woodford United boss and old head Paul Oddy.

Stewart, son of much-travelled and well-known Northants footballer Terry Stewart, has endured a frustrating two years due to injury.

First he tore ankle ligaments, and then snapped his knee ligaments, an injury that has already ruled out any action for him this season.

So instead, Stewart is turning his hand to management, and takes over from Phil Mason at Station Road.

Writing on the United Counties League Facebook page, Stewart said: “As you may or may not know I have been given the reins at Long Buckby first team with Paul Oddy as my assistant.

“For me it is a proud moment being only 25, and being entrusted with such an important job and the faith the club has shown in me by giving me the job adds to that.

“It’s been a long frustrating two years for me personally as a footballer, 
after tearing ankle ligaments and then fully snapping my knee ligaments to rule me out for the past two years and for this season as well.

“I’m grateful not only to the club but to my father Terry Stewart for everything he has done for me in football and curving me as a young man, and also the hard work and faith that Phil Mason put into me helping me to have the confidence and know how to take this role on.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity, I have to learn, and hopefully help progress a very young squad of players and play some good football.

“Hopefully everything will go well and we will kick on as a club for the foreseeable future.”