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Ross Jenkins, a former Watford midfielder, has been hired as the next manager of newly relegated Boreham Wood.

He has appointed Hornets icon Lloyd Doyley as first-team coach, extending the former defender’s tenure at Meadow Park after serving as Luke Garrard’s assistant since 2021.

The pair appeared for Watford 17 times together, including Cleverley’s debut on loan from Manchester United in August 2009 in a 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest, in which Cleverley scored the last goal and Jenkins assisted Tommy Smith to put Watford ahead 3-1.

Jenkins and Doyley played 75 games for the Hornets between 2008 and 2012.

The new manager has brought back Wood great Mark Ricketts as first-team assistant manager after he decided to retire at the end of last season.

Jenkins began his playing career with a two-year Academy scholarship at Watford in 2007, and made his first-team debut on November 15, 2008, in a 2-1 loss against Barnsley.

He ended up making 95 appearances, scoring two goals, and earning five England Under-20 caps while at Vicarage Road.

Jenkins left Watford in the summer of 2015 to join Crawley Town, following loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Barnet.

His career then included stints in Bulgaria, Romania, and Norway before returning to the UK in 2018 to join Scottish club Hamilton Academicals.

However, ongoing injury concerns forced him to retire in 2018 at the age of 28.

Jenkins began his coaching career as an assistant manager at Oxford City before becoming manager, where he led the Hoops to promotion to the Vanarama National League for the first time in club history during the 2022-23 season with a 4-0 win over St Albans City in the play-off final.

However, they were relegated at the end of the previous season, and Jenkins departed Oxford to join Boreham Wood.

In recent seasons, the Wood have been regarded as cup giantkillers, defeating Blackpool, Wimbledon, and Bournemouth while also performing admirably in a 2-0 FA Cup Fifth Round clash against Everton in 2022.

In 2023, they advanced to the National League play-offs, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by Notts County.

Garrard’s resignation was confirmed before the end of the previous season, which saw Wood relegated from the National League after nine seasons.

They will play in the National League South next season, alongside Hemel Hempstead and St Albans City from Hertfordshire.

 

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