Babb to lead Hayes and Yeading in to new era

By Damian Dolan

It didn’t attract quite the same media attention, but on the day David Moyles was confirmed as the next manager of Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to step down from the job after 27 years, former Republic of Ireland international took his first steps into football management.

Having made over 400 senior appearances in 17 years as a professional footballer, gained 35 international caps for Ireland and played in two Wembley Cup finals, last Thursday saw the former Liverpool and Coventry defender named as manager of Conference South side Hayes & Yeading United Football Club.

It may be a million miles from Anfield and Wembley, at a club created in May 2007 when Hayes FC and Yeading FC amalgamated. Prior to that, Hayes had been more famous for helping to kick-start the careers of Les Ferdinand, Cyril Regis and Jason Roberts, while Yeading had seen the likes of Andrew Impey and DJ Campbell pass through their gates.

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