Squad Profile: Backroom Staff

Manolo Sanchez Nuñez (Manager)

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Manolo is his third season with the club having taken over the manager’s role from Ian Mañasco when we got promoted in 2015. He has an excellent pedigree boasting a UEFA Pro License and having coached in Spain, with the likes of Algeciras and taking them to the second division, and in Bolivia. There he managed both at Club and International Level, being assistant manager to the National Team that reached the Copa America Final in 1997 against Brazil. His introduction to local football came with College Europa where he remained for a couple of seasons. He masterminded United’s great escapes in 2016 and 2017, being named Manager of the Year in 2015/16 for his exploits.

Javier Sanchez Alfaro (Assistant Manager)

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Javi is no stranger to local football having strong ties to Glacis United and indeed Gibraltar United in its former guise. A professional footballer in his youth, he was part of the youth setup and Real Madrid and later spent a couple of seasons with Real Zaragoza. Injuries ended his career prematurely but he would rekindle his love affair with the game in Gibraltar. A very well known face in Youth and Senior football he has managed both Gibraltar United and Glacis United and a plethora of teams at Junior Level. He is into his third season as Manolo’s assistant and is currently furthering his development by sitting his Level 2 coaching badges.

Pedro Hidalgo Calvente (Physical Trainer)

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Pedro is with his second stint as United’s physical trainer having been on the bench for the majority of the 2015/16 season. A qualified physical trainer, Pedro was working in the UK last year with AFC Oakley on the bench as well as on the pitch. He is a tidy footballer in his own right and his this season been a regular for United’s Reserves as well. A very popular member of the backroom staff, Pedro did not hesitate to return to United when he finished his stint in the UK.

Gavin Viñales (Physio)

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Gavin is a very well known local personality through his Gibral-Flora business. He is also a very accomplished physio and masseur that provides an indispensable service to the playing staff. Gavin is also in his third year with the Club and can be considered the life and soul of the party when the manager allows the player’s to put their hair down! Always in good cheer, Gavin is the consumate professional on match day or whenever his services are required.

Francis Huart (Team Delegate)

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Francis joined the backroom staff towards the end of the 2016/17 season and is another well known face in football circles. A solid keeper in his day he regularly turns out for the GFA veterans in their exhibition matches. Though he is nominally Team Delegate he is also our kitman and equipment manager. A tireless workhorse that is passionate about his job and his commitment to the casue and colours is unquestionable. Another very popular member of the backroom staff he has earned the respect and affection of everyone at the club.