Brian Stock Appointed Eastleigh Football Club Assistant Manager
Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Stock as the new First Team Assistant Manager. Having been born in nearby Winchester, will return to a National League dugout for the first time in just over two months on the 22nd March, as Eastleigh face Dagenham & Redbridge at the Silverlake Stadium.
Stock, is no stranger to the Spitfires’ manager either, having captained Lee Bradbury’s Havant & Waterlooville side for a number of years. Together, the duo played a pivotal role in the Hawks’ inaugural promotion to the National League in 2017/18. Speaking about his appointment, Brian Stock said, “I’m delighted, I’m so pleased to get back into football and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Lee Bradbury again. As a decision, it was an easy one having played under him previously at Havant & Waterlooville.”
Upon joining the club, the new Assistant Manager was quick to praise Lee Bradbury’s influence. The pair have remained good friends since their days at Havant, and Stock is confident some of that chemistry will show in the dugout. “I think one of the most important things is trust within this game and we have that in abundance both ways. When it came to the opportunity to come here it’s one I really wanted to take and I’m delighted to get started.”
His playing career was most notable for spells at AFC Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers and Burnley, alongside his stint at Havant, but he also possesses three Wales caps and made his international debut on 9 September 2009, in a World Cup qualifier at home against Russia. Stock learnt his coaching craft at the AFC Bournemouth academy, working under his ex-teammate and manager in Eddie Howe right the way through the academy age groups during his time in Dorset, even observing some first team action on the way.
Most recently, Stock was in charge at fellow Vanarama National League outfit Weymouth, where he learnt “valuable lessons” in management. “At Weymouth and I was grateful for the opportunity to go into management. Since my time there I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and I’m raring to go again now.”
Current boss Lee Bradbury was delighted to see a former comrade join him amongst the Spitfires’ ranks, and is confident the appointment will be a positive move for all parties as he shared, “Brian is someone I’ve known for a long time. He played for me at Havant and captained the side and together we achieved a couple of promotions. He’s got very good standards and played at the top level as well. He’s another set of hands, boots, eyes & ears to try and improve the football club which is something that I think is a real positive.”