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Waddock and Todorov join Bond’s backroom staff

4 July 2019

Kevin Bond has confirmed his backroom staff with the appointment of Gary Waddock as assistant manager and Svetoslav Todorov as first-team coach.

Waddock was most recently manager of Aldershot Town for the second time and formerly had stints in charge at QPR, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United.

As a player the former Republic of Ireland international began his career at QPR where he made over 200 appearances before ending his career in 1998 after four years at Luton Town.

On his first day in the job, Waddock said: "I’m delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to getting started.

"I’ve been assistant manager before so I know the role. I’ve got a bit of experience as a manager as well but I’m just looking forward to being out on the grass and getting to know the players, working with the players and getting to know the club.”

Todorov made 41 appearances for Bulgaria during his career which saw him play in England for West Ham, Portsmouth, Wigan and Charlton.

As well as managing in his home country, the 40-year-old was most recently coaching in Crystal Palace’s Academy, but has left to team up with Kevin Bond again at Blues having played under him at Pompey.

"I’m really happy and really looking forward to working with the staff and working for the club,” said Todorov.

"My relationship with the gaffer goes back to 2002 which is a long time ago but now it’s a different game as my playing career is finished.

"I’ve been a coach for six or seven years, managing a few championship clubs in Bulgaria, the Bulgaria U19 National Team and the last eight months I was at Crystal Palace’s U18s.

"As soon as I got the call there was nothing more to discuss. This is a great opportunity in first-team football and this country is the best for football.”

After finalising his staff, Bond said: "They’re two really positive upbeat people who will be great on the days that I might come in miserable.

"It’s just what we need. Both are excellent at their jobs, good coaches and really enthusiastic so will bring a lot to the football club and I couldn’t be more pleased to have them on board.

"I’ve not worked with Gary before but I know him, he’s got a terrific reputation as a person and also as a coach. When I had a chat with him it only confirmed what everybody else had said to me.

"Toddy I’ve known for a long time and he’s a really cracking guy who’s enthusiastic.

"They're both driven, as am I, and that’s exactly what we need going forward for the football club.

The Blues boss added: "We’ll all coach. I like to coach, so I think we’ll all do our share of it and feed off of each other.

"They’ve got their own ideas which is what I want and we’ll learn from each other and hopefully improve and evolve as time goes by."

Waddock and Todorov join goalkeeper coach Lee Harrison in Bond's team.

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