NEWS: Fenn and Bozkurt added to O's backroom staff

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The club can confirm the appointment of Neale Fenn as assistant manager until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old joins with immediate effect having spent time coaching and playing in Ireland for the likes of Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk, Bohemians, Cork City and Waterford United.

Neale may be a familiar face to some O’s fans having spent time on loan at the club in 1998 after coming through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and the striker has also played for the likes of Peterborough United, Norwich City, Lincoln City and Swindon Town.

Erbil Bozkurt has also stepped up to fulfil the role of goalkeeper coach for the remainder of the season, having worked with the Academy goalkeepers for a number of years.

On the appointments, manager Omer Riza told “I’ve known Fenny a long time, and we went to school together funnily enough. He was a few years older than me but I looked up to him.

“Every phase of my career that I wanted to achieve, Fenny was one step ahead of me and able to do so because of being that bit older. He is a good person and coach and is somebody who I felt I needed to bring in to the club because we need consistency with what we are doing. There are still six games to go and he will be a great addition to the club by giving everything he can.

“He has come over from Ireland which shows how keen he was to join, and he didn’t hesitate when saying yes to joining. We need people willing to fight right until the end of the season and that is exactly what Fenny will do.

“Erbs has also stepped up to goalkeeper coach for the rest of the season, and he gets on well with all the ‘keepers anyway having worked with them all season given that Brenners (Martin Brennan) had given him the opportunity to come in and help out with both the under-18s and the first team.

“It is great that he has developed that relationship with the players and again, Erbs is someone I have known for a while. I had him with me when I was managing in non-league, and he worked as a player/coach at the time. He’s a young lad who wants to do well and progress, and that is also the type of person I want around me. He will continue to work with the Academy goalkeepers in the Youth Development and Foundation Phase but also ensure the first team are ready to fire on all cylinders.

“Peter Gill’s position hasn’t changed, and he will continue to take the under-18s. He has had a lot to take on this year and performed exceptionally well. Frederico Morais is a pro licence coach so there was no issues with him stepping up and helping with the first team. He came in over the past week and did a great job in assisting me, whilst he knew I was looking to bring somebody in.

“He will continue to be around the training ground to assist us whether it be with first team training sessions, a group of players who aren’t involved with the first team or alongside Pete with the under-18s. All of these people will continue to do their work with the Academy because it is important that we keep it as stable as possible to ensure we can continue evolving ahead of next season given the amount of success we have had from the Academy recently.”