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Team Management

Head Coach - John Yems

John Yems was appointed Head Coach on a contract initially until the end of this season in December 2019.

It is John’s second spell in charge of the Reds. Alongside Ben Judge and Dave Woozley, he led Reds to Conference safety on the last day of the 2006-07 season after we had started the campaign with a ten-point deduction.

John was assistant to Exeter manager Paul Tisdale for 18 months from 2009 and then spent six years with AFC Bournemouth and played an important part in the Cherries’ rise from League One to the Premier League in his role as Football Operations Manager. He was part of Eddie Howe’s management team and had responsibility for coaching and recruitment.

He has also worked at Fulham, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Torquay and Gillingham.

John has spent the last couple of years scouting for various clubs including Newcastle United and has been a regular at The People’s Pension Stadium this season. He is a UEFA A License coach.

Assistant Head Coach - Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury joined the club in December 2019 as Assistant Head Coach.

During a 14-year playing career striker Lee made more than 500 professional appearances. He had two spells with Portsmouth and also played for Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, AFC Bournemouth, Exeter, Walsall, Oxford and Southend United. He scored more than 100 career goals.

His first managerial role was with AFC Bournemouth, whom he led to the League One play-offs. After leaving the Cherries in 2015 he led Havant & Waterlooville to successive promotions, taking them from the Isthmian Premier to the National League. Most recently he was full-time manager of Eastbourne Borough but left there last month because of the club’s financial problems.

Assistant Head Coach - Edu Rubio

Edu joined the club in July 2019.

He came to the club from MK Dons having been head coach of the under-23 team. He is able to call on experience at Chelsea, Valencia and the Football Association.

Edu is a UEFA Pro Licence coach.