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Paul Jones manager FC Isle of Man

Paul Jones appointed as Ravens’ Manager

Former Director and Head of Football Paul Jones has been appointed as the Ravens’ Manager until the end of the season.

Paul brings a wealth of football experience to the role from both his playing days and of course his relatively recent stint as IOMFA National Team manager during which he led the national side to notable victories over Wolves u23 and Brentford ‘B’. Paul’s reign as Island manager culminated with a Third Place in the 2019 Island Games tournament in Yyns Mon.

Jones also brings a wealth of experience from the professional game. As a youth player he had spells at Manchester City and Stockport County, before going on to be full time professional with the latter.  He then went on to play at a high level in the Non-League System at the likes of Stalybridge Celtic, Chorley and Southport amongst others. More recently Paul has worked in the academy systems of Leeds United, Glasgow Rangers and Norwich City.

Paul will now step down from his roles on the FC Isle of Man Board and Executive Committee to concentrate on running the team.

We wish Paul all the very best of luck in his new role.

Jones first game in charge of the Ravens unfortunately saw our mini-run in the prestigious FA Vase come to a halt recent following a close encounter with Holker Old Boys. The manager took a very young side (average age 22.18)  on the long trip north to Cumbria and despite losing Luke Murray to illness during the trip the youngsters  (complemented by the 30 something Karl Clark and late 20 something Magician Ste Whitley) kept the game close before the hosts sealed a decisive goal with ten minutes to play.

The defeat means that the Ravens are now clear of all cup competition commitments for the remainder of the season, following our first round exit in the NWCFL Macron Cup at AFC Liverpool last month.