Venables is back at Wembley… Ex-England boss takes up advisor role with minnows
12:58 GMT, 28 March 2012
Terry Venables is back in football with the FA Cup at the top of his in-tray at Wembley…
No, the ex-England manager is not back at Spurs helping them prepare for next month's semi-final against Chelsea. He's the new technical advisor at non-league Wembley FC.
The 69-year-old will join the Combined Counties League Premier Division outfit to help prepare them for next season's FA Cup.
Up for the cup: Terry Venables will help Wembley FC in their FA Cup charge next season
Venables, who memorably guided Spurs to Cup glory at the old Twin Towers in 1991, will act as a mentor for manager Ian Bates' side.
His appointment follows the club's new sponsorship deal with competition sponsors Budweiser as part of an ambitious bid for Wembley FC to go as far as they can.
The former Barcelona boss will watch Wembley in action this Saturday against Dorking and said: 'This opportunity to share my knowledge of decades with an eager group of players and coaches was too important to turn down.
'Managing, coaching and teaching football has been an essential part of my life for over 30 years.
'If they are willing to learn, I am willing to teach.
'Grassroots football is essential for the lifeblood of the professional game and if I can leave Wembley FC in a better position than I found it then it will be a job well done.
'It is early days but the signs are encouraging.'
Wembley boss Bates hopes Venables can inspire his squad, whose motto is 'A Posse Ad Esse' – 'From Possibility to Reality.'
All smiles: Venables will help the non-league minnows as their new technical advisor
He said: 'This is a tremendous opportunity for Wembley FC.
'To have a football legend like Terry Venables mentor not just me, but the whole club is a dream come true.
'I believe that our passion combined with his expertise will propel the club to new levels.
'Terry's arrival has brought extra magic to this already fantastic experience for the club and we're looking forward to the journey.'
Iain Newell, Budweiser's UK Marketing Director, added: 'We believe that the best way to champion the FA Cup is to celebrate its uniqueness from the grassroots up helping to create unexpected moments and real anticipation for what may come.
'We're pleased to be able to support Wembley FC as they strive to achieve their dreams and we think their story will really resonate with FA Cup fans regardless of which team they support.'
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