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Non league club appoint one of the youngest managers in the world

One particular non league club have chosen to appoint one of the youngest managers in the world, and it’s got people talking.

That person is 21 year old Alfie Tate who has been named by United Counties League side Blackstones, and he has already took charge of a game.

He currently holds the record for the youngest manager in FA Cup history at the age of 20 years and 79 days, earning national acclaim when he took charge of Pinchbeck United in their 4-0 extra preliminary round defeat by St Neots Town back in September 2020.

He is a Peterborough United Academy coach and Huntington Town assistant manager, coming in to fill the void left by Mark Baines, who resigned last month amid uncertainly over the club’s move to the Eastern Counties League.

Blackstones wrote via their club website: “He is keen to build on the work that Mark did with the club and to get Stones back into the Premier Division. With a change of manager, there is naturally a period of transition, but Alfie feels confident that once he is established a settled side Stones will be competing again at the top end of the table. Acknowledging the challenge, it is one he cannot wait to start and to work with everyone associated with the club.”

Alfie Tate (@TateAlfie) | Twitter

Tate is delighted to take on the challenge at the Torney Limited Stadium following previous spells in management in the United Counties League.

Tate said: “Realistically we are going to lose some players as always happens when there is a change in management, but I have spoken to a lot of lads as well who are going to come in and join the project.

“It is going to be an exciting time because the club is ambitious and we share the same goals.

“It’s going to be an exciting project and journey for everyone associated with the club.

“Blackstones is a brilliant club and has got history of playing at a higher level and it is their ambition to get back to that level.

“It’s a great set-up with a lovely pitch and ground with a good catchment area for players as well.

“The club has been really helpful since I took over. I know that I have got good backing from them and they have been brilliant which has helped me a lot.”


Tate put his plans in place for Blackstones’ pre-season friendly on Saturday when they hosted near neighbours Stamford in a memorial match for Jeremy Biggs (kick-off 1pm).

New FA Cup record for Pinchbeck United's 20-year-old caretaker boss Tate –  The Voice

Alfie Tate appearing on Sky Sports

He added: “It is going to look like a big overhaul with the players that have left, but we will get the lads in for training this week and get our messages across about what we want to see on the pitch.

“It’s going to be a bit manic but hopefully we can replicate a positive performance against Stamford.

“It’s going to be all guns blazing this week and quite intense by seeing the lads three days out of four but it will be good.

“The Stamford match will be great preparation for us and, although the results are not a priority in any of our pre-season games, the mentality will still be to go out and win every one.

“It’s a mentality that I want the players to have, but ultimately it is about instilling a certain way of playing and getting us to play the right way and hopefully, when the league campaign starts next month, we will be in the position to be competitive on all fronts.”

And who knows, this could come to good things, after all, last year saw Real Madrid snap up an 18-year-old coach dubbed the world’s youngest senior football manager after he took charge of Welsh club Caerwys FC.

Jordan Hadaway stepped up as the head coach of the fifth-tier North West Wales League side in November.

Speaking to SportBible, he recalled: “I was recommended to the club, who waited for me to finish my UEFA B licence, and I’m now one of Real Madrid’s members of staff.

“It’s a pretty privileged position – getting to rub shoulders with the likes of Raul, Alvaro Arbeloa, Roberto Carlos and Santiago Solari – and I’m loving it.”

The youngster believes if age is no barrier to commanding respect in the dressing room – explaining that, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

He told NWSport: “You gain your respect in football through knowledge and I know I have the knowledge for the lads to give respect to me.

“To be honest I am not a confident person outside of football, but when I get into the changing rooms or on the training ground I am confident and give it 100 per cent.

“I think throughout my playing days I was always a leader on the pitch, guided and organising the team.

“My main strength in my opinion is motivating people and keeping them going right until the end and as I progress and learn more I can only become more confident.”

Fans reacted as non league club Blackstones appoint one of the youngest managers in the world…

@ipswichben16: Congrats @TateAlfie I’ll come down at some point 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻⚽️⚽️⚽️

@GregWalsh75: I was expecting a have you seen this man he’s nicked something when I saw the pic first 😂 but good luck ⚽️👍🏻

@chaps180: @TateAlfie great guy and even better coach hope all goes well for you mate.

@deejamvlogs: Congratulations @TateAlfie well done my man

@brattsy: Best of luck @TateAlfie, young lad, but very knowledgeable

@ianwarrington: Congratulations Alfie, good luck in your new role.

@millerboy08: He’s about 12

Alfie Tate | The Sporting Influencer
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