Kevin Haynes: Berwick Rangers is a special football club

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Ian Little recruited fan favourite Kevin Haynes as his assistant manager in Summer 2019, marking a return to Shielfield Park for the former ‘Gers hitman after a memorable spell with the club between 2005-2007.

During his first spell with the club, Kevin netted 22 goals in 55 appearances and was a key figure in the club’s 2006/07 championship-winning side.

Since retiring, Kevin has moved into coaching and management, and was manager of Dalkeith Thistle prior to his return.

I spoke to Kevin about returning to the club and his ambition for Berwick Rangers.

How do you reflect back on your playing career?

My playing career I’d describe as thoroughly enjoying and fairly successful. I won trophies, leagues and international recognition in the non league and the professional league game.

What is it like working at Berwick Rangers as assistant manager having played at the club as a player and how do you and Ian Little work together?

I love my job at Berwick Rangers and was thankful Ian who was was a team mate back in the mid 2000’s asked me to join his staff as he’s a top coach and I have learnt lots from him.

The dedication he puts into the training sessions and the coaching is unbelievable. I like the interaction with the players and understanding how and what makes the players function. I love the uniqueness of the club. The fact the club is based in England but play in Scotland.

Ambition you both have for Berwick next season?

Our ambition is to win 3 points in every league match we play, I know that’s not always possible but that’s the plan from week to week. We never go out to win a point, we pick a team we feel can win the match in question.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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