Gary Havelock has been appointed new manager of Coventry Bees
Coventry Bees have appointed former World Champion Gary Havelock as their new team manager.
Last Updated: 02/03/13 10:25am
The 44-year-old recently announced his retirement from a glittering racing career, which included winning the world championship in 1992, earlier this week.
His role with the Bees is his first foray into management and he is keen to get started.
Havelock said: "It all came out of the blue really, Mick (Horton) enquired about how I was and when I told him I wasn't riding he asked if I fancied being a team manager.
"Obviously I worked with Mick before when I rode for him at Peterborough and he was promoter, and we always got on fine, so after thinking about it for a bit I decided to go for it.
"Mick has picked the riders, and my job is to work with those riders and get the most out of them on race-nights. I've got a heads-up on three of them already, and I know Krzysztof Kasprzak as well. I don't know the other three guys at all, but that shouldn't be a problem.
"We need to get a good team spirit going, and I think that's one of the main things. The guys need to be talking to get their set-ups right, and we also need to sit down with the boys and decide how they want the track.
"I've always felt that to be successful you've got to make your home track a fortress, and try to make it a place that other teams dread coming to."
Bees owner Horton is delighted to bring Havelock into the club and says he has much to offer in his new position.
He said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to bits to bring in such a big name in the sport. He's been there, he's done it, he's full of experience and riders and promoters alike have full respect for him.
"Someone with that sort of experience and personality must never be lost to the sport, and it's brilliant that we've agreed a deal to bring him in as our team manager.
"Gary is a bubbly character and he will bring a great team spirit and also a riders' mentality. We now get the benefit of his experience on a rider-to-rider level and it's great news for the club."