BRENDEN Johns hopes a bit of transatlantic experience can boost Denton Town’s promotion ambitions – just without the near-death experience!
The Dukinfield native has arrived at Whittle’s Park as first team coach ahead of their Cheshire League campaign.
Despite being 29-years-old, he brings a lot of experience, most recently with Cheadle Town’s Under-23s.
He has also worked in Mexico and the USA, which made a huge impact in his life, for good and bad reasons.
Brenden said: “I became really ill when I was over in Mexico – basically I had some dodgy food!
“Three days later, I was really sick but my girlfriend, who’s Mexican, got me to a doctor. Eventually, he said to me, ‘If you had left it until the end of the week, I didn’t think you were going to make it!’
“He was really worried. He said basically, ‘If you’d stayed the same or got any worse, you would’ve died!’
“I worked in Mexico City with a company called Fut Academy for a year and I really enjoyed my time there.
“I felt it was a step I needed to take when I went out there in 2015 and it was a great experience, coaching wise anyway!
“There was, of course, a language barrier but I feel overcoming that has really helped me. Working in another country, with another language – which I didn’t speak when I first landed!
“From there I worked with summer camps in the USA before ending up working for a group affiliated to the Houston Dynamo MLS club.
“But I wanted to come back and do my UEFA B qualification as I wanted to progress as a coach.
“And worked for different clubs while studying for that then went to Cheadle.”
Now he is working at Denton Town, Brenden has already seen enough to know this is a club on the up.
And he revealed the eventual aim is to enter the non-league pyramid fully.
He added: “Before lockdown, the club messaged me asking me if I wanted to join but I told them I was happy at Cheadle.
“However, the U23s there folded and I received another message and after a short time thinking, I was impressed by both the short-term and the long-term plans of the club.
“Short-term, the plan is to get promoted back to the premier division. Long-term, the hope is to join the North West Counties League in the next couple of years.
“The players are certainly good enough – when Cheadle played against them last year, there were some good battles.
“My job as first team coach is to help the players achieve the short-term goal.”
While joint-managers Phill Cooper and Darren Green, with Kyle Lord also on board, looking to mastermind league one success, there have been more big changes off the field.
Hollywood film producer Rob Molloy has been named special adviser after investing into the club to make sure it survives the Covid-19 shutdown.
With a September start looking likely, they have announced their pre-season friendlies, which started with a trip to Tintwistle Athletic on August 1.
And their reserve side, which was their Under-18s, has switched competitions.
After previously being in the Lancashire and Cheshire League, they will now compete in the Cheshire League’s Reserve League B.
It is felt that will expose them to a slightly higher level of football and Brenden believes that can help the first team.
He said: “It can help build more of a bridge between the two sides. Say there’s a player or two that are doing really well for the reserves, it won’t be as big a jump if they’re brought into the first team.”