Powell "delighted and honoured" to be named Jersey manager

Powell "delighted and honoured" to be named Jersey manager
Elliot Powell's St Peter lifted the Jeremie Cup at the weekend - photo credit Andy Dovey

St Peter boss Elliot Powell has been named as the new manager of Jersey's men's football side, and will lead the squad into next month's Muratti Vase final.

The appointment follows a successful spell in interim charge last summer, when he guided Jersey to Island Games gold in Guernsey.

Powell becomes just the fifth Jersey manager in 15 years, following on from Martin Cassidy (2016-2023), ex-Aston Villa boss Brian Little (2016), Jimmy Reilly (2014-2016) and Craig Culkin (2009-2014).

"I am delighted and honoured to take on the position," he said. "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of leading the team through the Island Games and I could not pass up the opportunity to work with the group of players again for a home Muratti and hopefully a successful defence of our gold medals in 2025."

Previous manager Cassidy stepped down following last season's Muratti, signing off with a 2-1 win in Guernsey, before Powell took temporary charge to lead Jersey to their first Island Games title since 2009.

Jersey celebrate at the Guernsey Island Games in 2023
Jersey are the reigning Island Games champions - photo credit Andy Dovey

Powell's appointment was one of the final high-profile duties for Jersey FA Chief Executive Officer David Kennedy, who will soon depart his JFA position for the CEO role at Jersey Sport.

Kennedy said: "We were delighted to see the level of interest for the position of representative manager and ensured that the recruitment process to make the right appointment for the JFA was thorough.

"Elliot joins us with a tremendous track record of achieving success in the last few years with St Peter, and obviously guiding the representative side to the gold medal in Guernsey last year showed the qualities he has to manage at that level."

Powell, who will step down as St Peter manager at the end of the current season, will be supported in the dugout by his Crosskeys coaching team of Dan Garton and Peter Vincenti, along with Andrew Dewhurst.

Jersey have won the last four Muratti finals, with Guernsey having not lifted the Vase since 2017.