Darren Sarll

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Darren Sarll
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-02-02) 2 February 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
0000–2001 Hitchin Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Hitchin Town 23 (0)
2002 Berkhamsted Town
2002–2004 Bedford Town 73 (0)
2004 St Albans City 3 (0)
2004–2005 Dunstable Town 30 (1)
2005–2006 Hemel Hempstead Town 14 (0)
2006 Chesham United 8 (0)
Biggleswade United
Teams managed
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough (reserves)
2016–2018 Stevenage
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darren Sarll (born 2 February 1983) is an English football manager and coach, who is in a senior youth management role at Premier League club Watford. He began his career in football as a midfielder in non-league football.

Playing career[edit]

Sarll was a product of the youth system at Isthmian Premier Division club Hitchin Town, graduating to the senior team in 2001 and departing the following year.[1][2] He subsequently played in the Conference South, the Southern League and the Spartan South Midlands League for Berkhamsted Town, Bedford Town,[3][4] St Albans City,[1] Dunstable Town,[5] Hemel Hempstead Town,[6] Chesham United and Biggleswade United.[7][8] After taking up coaching and dropping out of non-league football, he moved into Sunday league.[9]

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

Stevenage Borough[edit]

Sarll began his coaching career with Conference side Stevenage Borough, serving as a coach in a variety of youth and reserve roles.[10] During the 2006–07 season, he managed the youth team to the final of the Colwyn Cup, which was lost to Dunstable Town.[11]

Brentford[edit]

Sarll joined League Two club Brentford as youth team manager prior to the beginning of the 2008–09 season.[12] After the promotion of first team assistant manager Andy Scott to the full-time managerial post halfway through the season, Sarll also assisted Scott as first team coach and also became the first manager of the reformed reserve team in 2009.[13] He left the club at the end of the 2010–11 season.[12]

Rotherham United[edit]

Sarll followed Andy Scott to League Two club Rotherham United in July 2011 and took over the role of Head of Player Development.[14] After Scott's sacking in March 2012,[15] Sarll departed the Don Valley Stadium at the end of the 2011–12 season.[16]

Return to Stevenage[edit]

Sarll returned to Stevenage, then having risen through the pyramid to League One, in June 2012.[17] He held the role of Head of Youth until 2 June 2015, when he was promoted to first team coach after the appointment of Teddy Sheringham as manager.[18] After the sacking of Sheringham on 1 February 2016, Sarll was named as caretaker manager.[19] Five days later, Sarll's first match in charge resulted in a 1–0 League Two defeat to Crawley Town.[20] After losing six of his first nine games,[21] Stevenage sought the services of Glenn Roeder to advise Sarll.[22] Under Sarll's guidance, Stevenage ended the season with one loss in their final nine matches, playing a number of the promotion-chasing clubs in the process.[23] This included securing a notable 1–0 away win at rivals Luton Town,[24] as well as holding four of the top seven teams to draws.[25][26][27][28] The run of results meant that Stevenage went from just above the relegation places in 22nd position to finishing in 18th-place, fourteen points above the drop-zone.[29] Sarll was given the manager's job on a permanent basis in May 2016.[30]

Stevenage started inconsistently under Sarll in the opening months of the 2016–17 season.[31] This was illustrated by Stevenage securing victories over Championship opposition in the form of Ipswich Town in the EFL Cup and a league win over rivals Luton Town,[32][33] followed by shipping eight goals in heavy defeats to Grimsby Town and Leyton Orient respectively,[31] which was then immediately followed by a 6–1 win over Hartlepool United.[34] This inconsistency continued into the turn of the year, with Stevenage winning six straight away matches, but losing all four of their home matches over the same period.[31] A 2–0 home win over Grimsby Town in January 2017 was to serve as the catalyst for the best run of form of Sarll's managerial tenure at Stevenage,[31][35] with the club going on to win eight of their next nine matches and moving into fourth place in League Two.[36] However, Stevenage ended the season without a win in their last six matches, scoring just two goals,[31] and finished the campaign in 10th-place in League Two.[29] During the season, Sarll utilised a lot of the youth players he had signed for the club on scholarships whilst working as Head of Youth prior to his managerial role, overseeing the likes of Dale Gorman, Jamie Gray, Mark McKee and Luke Wade-Slater's transitions from the academy set-up into the first-team.[37][38]

Sarll remained at Stevenage going into the 2017–18 season. The club started the campaign unbeaten in five matches in League Two and, at the end of September 2017, were sitting in the play-off places after winning six of their opening eleven league matches.[39][40] However, the same inconsistency that had been commonplace the previous season set in, with Stevenage failing to win consecutive league matches during the remaining six months of Sarll's time in charge of the club.[39] Whilst Stevenage did secure a number of victories by large scorelines during the season; scoring five goals against Nantwich Town,[41] Swindon Town[42] and Chesterfield respectively,[43] as well as four goals in convincing wins over Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town,[44][45] the club had won just four out of 26 league matches spanning from October 2017 to March 2018.[39] This poor run of form led to his reign as manager coming to an end on 18 March 2018.[38] Stevenage had brought in a number of new signings during the 2018 January transfer window, with chairman Phil Wallace also highlighting the lack of improvement thereafter as a reason behind Sarll's departure as manager.[38] Wallace praised Sarll for his focus on "working tirelessly to turn young Academy players like Ben Wilmot, Mark McKee, Ben Kennedy and Dale Gorman into talented professionals".[38]

Two days after Sarll's departure as manager, Wallace stated he had a "very high opinion" of Sarll, that he had not been sacked by Stevenage and it was always his intention to keep Sarll on in a "technical development role".[46] Sarll was appointed to oversee all of the club's youth development, both domestically and overseas, with him taking up the new position on 28 March 2018.[47]

Watford[edit]

Sarll joined Premier League club Watford on 13 June 2018, accepting a "senior youth management role" and officially taking up the new position a week later.[48][49]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Stevenage 1 February 2016 18 March 2018 114 41 26 47 036.0 [50]
Total 114 41 26 47 036.0

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