Darren Byfield Joins Walsall's Backroom Team Darren Byfield Joins Walsall's Backroom Team
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Darren Byfield Joins Walsall's Backroom Team

Mat Sadler's backroom team is continuing to take shape.
Bescot Banter - Walsall FC NewsWalsall have confirmed the appointment of Darren Byfield as one of the club's new first-team coaches, joining Mat Sadler's team of support staff.

46-year-old Byfield enjoyed two spells in WS1 during a well-travelled professional career which began as an apprentice at Aston Villa and included time with Rotherham United, Sunderland, Gillingham, Millwall, Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers, and Oldham Athletic, before finishing in non-league with local sides Tamworth and Solihull Moors.

Born in Sutton Coldfield, Darren netted 110 goals in 484 club appearances across all domestic competitions and also made six international appearances for Jamaica, is fondly remembered by Saddlers fans, mostly for his match-winning goal during the Division 2 Play-Off final victory over Reading, a feat which will live long in the memory of the supporters.

Released via the club's official website it has been confirmed that, in this role, Darren will form a key part of Mat Sadler's coaching staff.

He will work closely with our first team players on a day-to-day basis, and will also serve as our Senior Professional Development Coach, helping build the link between the academy and the first team.

He will also be responsible for executing the Individual Development Plans for both first team and academy players that the club implemented last season.

Head Coach Mat Sadler welcomed the news of Darren's return, he said; "Darren is a club legend. He is a fantastic person first and foremost and what he will do, what I am excited for him to do, is cover a little bit of a blind spot of mine in the attacking area.

"His experience in the forward areas will certainly rub off on our attackers and I am looking forward to him working with them.

"He is someone who will bring an incredible energy to the place and he now concludes the coaching staff side of things.

"I have waited patiently for what I think suits the department best and I feel like we have done that now.

"He was most recently working with Crawley Town, he knows the division very well. He also knows the local non-league market very well and he is another fantastic source of experience for me."
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