Mar 30 2012 By Tim Street
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FORMER England manager Terry Venables is no stranger to Wembley Stadium – but was this week appointed as the new technical advisor at non-league Wembley FC.
The appointment follows the Combined Counties League club's new sponsorship deal with Budweiser, announced last week, and comes as part of an ambitious bid for Wembley FC to exceed all expectations in next season's FA Cup.
Venables is no stranger to The FA Cup, having won the trophy with Spurs both as a player in 1967 and as manager in 1991, and El Tel will now mentor Wembley boss Ian Bates.
Venables said: “Managing, coaching and teaching football has been an essential part of my life for over 30 years. This opportunity to share my knowledge of decades with an eager group of players and coaches was too important to turn down.
“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.”
Bates added: “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.”