Chris Bass - Manager
Chris takes on the role of manager fresh from his illustrious time managing the most successful club side the island has ever seen.
As a player Chris was capped by the national team over 50 times and then took the next step into coaching and managing. Chris then managed St. Georges to multiple titles, cups, and records over his 22-year spell in the hot seat there.
Chris is an enthusiastic character and that comes across in his coaching style as he expects nothing less than 110% from every player in training. A perfectionist who hates losing means that players will be pushed to their limit’s week in week out as Chris strives to start a successful culture within the club from day one.
He has made no secrets about his ambitions with FC Isle of Man and admits his dream is seeing the club participate in the FA Cup and getting a home draw with a full crowd here to witness a 90th minute penalty winner.
Lee Dixon - Assistant Manager
Lee has already had a long career in football, both as a player and a coach. Lee played to a very high level himself having played for Carlisle United as a junior and was on the cusp on breaking into the England youth team before injury hampered his ambitions.
Lee then returned to the Isle of Man and had a highly successful playing career, captaining both St.Georges and the Manx national teams. Alongside that Lee has been a long-time coach at the Centre of Excellence and has helped players such as Adam Long secure professional contracts at Wigan athletic. His talents have been recognised from teams in the UK and Lee has been offered coaching roles from prestigious teams such as Manchester City.
Lee has been working as an assistant manager in Manx football for many years now so steps into this role with great experience and drive. His proven track record of developing young players will help be invaluable to FC Isle of Man.
Andy Gosnell - Coach
Andrew steps into his FC Isle of Man role as first team coach with a wealth of experience already under his belt.
After retiring from playing Andrew first stepped into coaching with junior academies and the centre of excellence where he helped young Manx footballers further their talents.
Andrew then took the step into senior football and helped coach successful teams such as Laxey and Rushen, but most notably was part of the coaching set up that were present to oversee the St.Georges era of dominance.
He is a great asset to have on the training pitch and feels he can help players not only develop but also to enjoy their footballing experience. Andrew also has a keen eye on the fitness side of things as a keen runner himself so will be sure to put the players to the test during their training sessions.
Dan Wade - Goalkeeper Coach
Dan takes on his role of GK coach having played the role himself throughout his career.
Recognised as one of the best GK’s in recent years, Dan undertook his coaching badges and realised he still had so much to offer within the sport.
With a big passion for the game Dan will provide our goalkeepers with not only expert coaching, but also vast experience and knowledge on how they can improve and better themselves.
Dan recognises that the goalkeepers we have are top quality and feels he can help them to the next level by working on the 1%’s with them as he knows that can make all the difference in that position on the pitch.
Having grown up with idols such as Peter Schmeichel and Peter Shilton, Dan knows the importance of having a pair of steady hands in goal.
Ian Kelly - Physio
Ian brings his years of physiotherapy experience to the FC Isle of Man dressing room. He has worked in an elite sport environment for the majority of his professional career so is a great asset to have within our ranks.
Like most early physios, Ian studied his craft in the UK and through hard work got himself a role within rugby’s Super League. He spent the majority of that period working for Hull KR but also helped with the England national teams where he accompanied them to multiple tournaments including a world cup.
Ian has also worked with high-level boxers, footballers and runners so has vast knowledge of the demands that professional sport will put on the human body.
Ian not only wants to do his best for the team, but also wants to help see new physios come through the ranks and act as a mentor for them so the FC Isle of Man players are always well looked after.