Boca announce new technical team and sponsorship deal

Stephen Vaughan Jr and Luke Purcell will front a new-look Boca technical team next season, as part of a wider announcement by the club which sees a multi-year sponsorship with Total Sports Management also announced this morning.

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The news, which was teased by Boca yesterday, was announced this morning, and sees Total Sports Management (TSM), who Boca state are “best known for its involvement in combat sports, particularly boxing, representing professional boxers internationally and promoting world championship boxing events throughout Europe” sponsor the club as of July 1st. The deal also sees TSM representative William Adamson join Boca as the commercial director.

Speaking to the official Boca site, managing director of the club, Aaron Edwards, said: “We have been in discussions with Total Sports Management since December last year about a sponsorship opportunity, but due to various factors, including the developing COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible at the time

With regards the new technical team, both Vaughan Jr and Purcell have been appointed to the team, although the club did not state if the pair are joint-managers or one is a manager with the other the assistant. The pair previously worked together at Welsh side Bangor City FC, with Vaughan Jr having had spells as both manager and chairman of the club in his time at the at times financially-troubled Welsh team, who signed Hugo Colace and Esteban Goicoechea from Mons Calpe in January, as well as former St Joseph’s, Lincoln & Lynx defender Fede Tobler.

Vaughan Jr has also had spells as President of Maltese side Floriana, as well as technical director of Mosta, and has worked alongside his father, the former Barrow and Chester owner, Stephen Vaughan Sr. As for Purcell, was a first team coach at Southport FC, before becoming General Manager of Bangor City.

Vaughan Sr’s time at Floriana was not without its own apparent controversies, with FIFPro at the time stating that: “Finally, FIFPro is astonished that a person who has been banned from English club management – because he failed the FA director’s test – can apparently join and run a professional football club in Malta, as is the case at Floriana FC. This has its consequences, as various professional footballers have found out and their family’s lives have been put in jeopardy.” in a 2013 statement – however there is no proof or even suggestion that Vaughan Sr has any role at Boca whatsoever under this new sponsorship deal, or the management team.

The club also noted that: “Existing fitness coach Jesus Gallardo and physio Gavin Vinales will continue in their roles at the club, while former head coach Craig Cowell will now be the manager of our newly-formed under-23 team.”