Barton Town manager David Ricardo has just confirmed a change in Assistant Manager at The Easy Buy Stadium, with James Bennet coming in to replace Gary Allanson.
Born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, Bennett started his career as a trainee with Hull City. In December 2006 he penned a two-and-a-half-year professional deal with the club. He failed to break into Phil Brown’s senior team and on 26 March 2009 joined League Two club Lincoln City on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.
He failed to make an appearance for the club during his loan spell, being restricted to three unused substitute appearances in the club’s final three league games of the season.
Bennett was one of eight players released by Hull in the summer of 2009 and joined League Two side Darlington. He made his debut for Darlington on 29 August 2009 against Cheltenham Town coming on as a substitute. Bennett left Darlington in December 2009, having played seven league games.
In August 2010 he signed for Bridlington Town debuting in the 2–1 Northern Counties East League win at Brighouse Town on 21 August 2010. In December 2011, he moved to join North Ferriby United. In July 2012 he signed for Scarborough Athletic, in the Northern Counties East League.
Manager David Ricardo commented, “I am pleased to confirm James Bennet as Barton Towns Assistant Manager for the coming season. James is someone I’ve known for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the club.
“He is currently completing his UEFA A license and along with his coaching ability James communication with the players will be first class. His pedigree from his playing days is there for all there to see but his passion for developing his coaching skills and management qualities is an area in which Barton Town will reap the rewards.
“The squad from last season has an unbelievably high level of U21 players and at times the match day squad including up to 14 of those. James’ experience at Coaching Hull City youth teams and being a lead position at Bishop Burton college will help develop those players and bring in the best of the young players from the north and south bank. Pre-season will be a positive environment ensuring that the players are engaged throughout and making sure we hit the ground running for the start of the season.”