Slough Town have decide to appoint experienced former EFL and non league player Scott Davies in his first job as manager.
The club, who sit 18th in the National League South, have named their current midfielder also captain of the Rebels to take over from the departed Neil Baker and Jon Underwood who ended nearly a decade in charge of the East Berkshire outfit last week.
Davies, along with defender Lee Togwell and coach Manny Williams had been in caretaker charge.
We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Scott Davies as the new first team manager of Slough Town Football Club, and Lee Togwell as assistant manager and head coach.
— Slough Town FC (@sloughtownfc) November 23, 2022
We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Scott Davies as the new first team manager of Slough Town Football Club.
We are also delighted to confirm that Lee Togwell has been appointed as assistant manager and head coach.
After further conversations with the board of directors, Manny Williams has decided to leave the club and he departs with our very best wishes for the future.
We would like to wish Scott and Lee every success in their new roles, starting with this Saturday’s home match against Eastbourne Borough (1pm). We would really encourage our fantastic supporters to get behind Scott, Lee and the team, and bring friends and family to take advantage of the various ticket offers we have in place.
A further statement from the board of directors will follow later this week.
Scott Davies said via Twitter: “Management has arrived a lot sooner than expected, but here we go! For people that know me will know that I’ll leave no stone left unturned in the pursuit of success. Extremely fortunate to have @leetogs alongside me. A first class coach and a brilliant person 💛💙 @sloughtownfc”
ABOUT SCOTT DAVIES:
Born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Davies started his career with Watford’s youth system after being spotted whilst playing for the Aylesbury senior team.
In 2001, he moved to Wycombe Wanderers before moving to Reading in 2002.
In September 2006, Davies joined Conference South side Yeading on loan, scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup match away at Ramsgate which saw Yeading go on to face Nottingham Forest, with that Second Round tie finishing in a 5-0 defeat for the minnows.
Davies signed for Aldershot Town on loan in summer 2007 and made his professional debut in the 2–1 win over Kidderminster Harriers on the 11th of August 2007, he also scored his first goal in the game, then scored both goals in a 2–1 win over Histon. At the end of 2007–08 season, Aldershot were promoted and also won the Conference National goal of the season, with his injury time goal against Torquay United.
Davies joined Aldershot for the second time on the 23rd of July 2009. He made his first EFL appearance in a 3–2 win over Bradford City on the 30th of August 2009, he also scored his first goal of the season.
He made his debut for Reading against Nottingham Forest on the 8th of August 2009. He made four more appearances before leaving on loan.
In October 2009, Davies signed a one-month loan deal with Wycombe Wanderers, making his debut in the 1–1 home draw with Colchester United on the 17th of October. During his third appearance, he found the net twice in their 3–2 home defeat against Walsall.
On the 4th of January 2010 his loan was extended until the 16th of January, for making a switch in March by joining Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal, playing four games for the club before returning to Reading.
On the 9th of September 2010, Davies returned to Wycombe on a three-month loan deal.
Davies was released by Reading at the end of the 2010–11 season and in May 2011, he joined League Two side Crawley Town on a free transfer, making his debut against Macclesfield Town in a 2–0 win but after failing to get regular first team football he joined Aldershot Town on loan on the 27th of October 2011. He scored his first and only goal for Aldershot in a 2–1 loss to Gillingham on the 19th of November 2011. After playing just one game during the 2012–13 season. Davies had his contract at Crawley terminated by mutual consent on New Years Eve 2012.
Davies was signed on non-contract terms by Oxford United on the 1st pf March 2013. Then U’s boss Chris Wilder said of him “He’s a player we think is definitely worth a look at. He has a very good pedigree and is someone we have kept an eye on for a while now so we are delighted that he has signed for us.” He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 defeat at former club Aldershot Town on the 1st of April 2013, then in May 2013, Davies confirmed via his Twitter account that he had agreed a new one-year deal with the club, keeping him at Oxford until the end of the 2013–14 season. Davies was later released at the end of the contract and signed for Dunstable Town.
During the summer of 2016, Davies signed for Oxford City, named as captain.
On the 30th of May 2017, Davies signed for fellow National League South club Chelmsford City before leaving in March 2018. In the same month, Davies joined Slough Town, helped the club to win promotion to the National League South via the Southern League playoffs and then in February 2019, Davies left the club to sign for Kingstonian.
In March 2019, after five games with Kingstonian, Davies joined Harlow Town owing to a managerial change at Kingstonian.
On the 9th of March 2019, Davies made his debut for Harlow in a 3–1 home win against Kingstonian, re-joined Slough in July 2019, and on the 4th of February 2020, Davies along with his teammate Louis Soares joined Southern League Premier Division Central side Biggleswade Town on loan.
The following week he joined Staines Town on dual registration, and made further appearances for Biggleswade Town and Beaconsfield Town in loan spells.
He is also known for speaking within football about his long term gambling addiction from early in his career to 2015 where he estimates he lost over £200,000 whilst gambling, and his subsequent work educating other footballers around this subject.
“I did things that I wasn’t proud of, I crashed my car when I was watching horse racing – there was a child sitting in a car seat in the opposite car,” said Davies, speaking in support of the EPIC Risk Management Pro Sport Advisory Board, which has been launched as the world’s first panel to investigate and act upon the risk of gambling harm affecting professional sports stars or eSports players.
“I started to bet on my own matches, found myself sleeping in my car after training because I couldn’t afford to get home – I’d put my last pound in a roulette machine, on a horse or on a dog.
“It started completely ruining my life, I gambled my deposit away for my house in 15 days which was £32,000.
“There were so many different things, I started taking things from my parents’ house to sell to make money, I’ve been through my parents’ purses and wallets.
“And that was someone that was brought up with the right morals, principles and values and I had completely been stripped of them by this addiction.
“Then in 2015 I started to self-harm, something that was out of the ordinary for me. I knew that it wasn’t a solution but I wanted the pain to stop and I didn’t know how to get that pain to stop.
“Looking back now it’s actually one of the proudest moments of my life, leaving rehab, because I knew I’d done the right thing, I knew I’d turned my life around and I knew I was sort of getting my family back on side and that was the most important thing for me.”
Fans reacted as Slough appoint the experienced former EFL and non league player in his first job as a manager…
@Bakler1: Scottie will go on and be a top manager IMO, and think he is perfect for the role! Togs moving up to assistant is great also, and he is one of the best coaches I have come across 👏
@TP158: Excellent appointment and I wish the club every success from the bottom of my heart, @scottdavies1988 is an absolute legend and him and the meticulous @leetogs have a great future ahead of them in management but still years of playing left in them
@MarkJMurray21: Brilliant. Top lad who I’m sure will bring the best out in the players. 😊⚽️ I’m sure he’s already ordered a long coat
@vinnywhufc: Congrats to Scott and Lee. Massive job ahead and all the Rebels will be getting behind you. Sad to see Manny Williams leave. A new era for the football club. Come on you Rebels!
@LeeCotton1: Congratulations Scott. All the very best to you and STFC.
@DanHarvey74: Very best of luck Scott 👍
@DeanBeckett16: We’re right behind you both, wishing you every success. #Rebels
@cstewart1972: A great guy, a deserved chance of leading a side. This could be the start of a long career in management
@Skelly2505: Get in,exciting appointment..#scottydaviesrebelarmy
@mickhunter16: Scotty is someone who you just want to do well for. You can’t help but like him and want to see him succeed. With his experience, knowledge and personality I’m sure he will become a great gaffa. Good luck mate.
@RedBlueAndy: Much deserved @scottdavies1988 . Best of luck 👍
@mark44stfc21: Scotty Davies Rebel Army!!! Have done extremely well in the interim period. All the best and we will 100% be behind you #COYR
@aswbrowne: Good luck fellas, no doubts you’ll do a great job 👏👏👏
@Gary86663223: I always thought you had what it takes to step up to management , from the things you say on here , and also from your interviews since taking over , and your obvious knowledge of the game and you communication skills , with the work you do visiting clubs , good luck💛💙
@carriepag: Brilliant news for @scottdavies1988 and @leetogs being put in charge of leading the rebels… gutted about @MannyWilliams01 like a lot of rebels fans are but wish manny all the best in he’s next adventure x I’m also getting anxious as to who else might be going soon
@expatspurs:c Been a Rebel for 32 years and am proud to have you as the next manager. Best of luck! COYR!