NEW BARUM BOSS: Former Yeovil striker Owen Pickard.
OWEN PICKARD is the new Barnstaple Town manager.
The former Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town and Hereford United striker was unveiled as the new Barum boss ahead of last night's Toolstation Premier Division game against Wellington.
Pickard, who was part of the Bideford team which reached the FA Vase semi-finals in 2004, has recently played for Boca Seniors in the Journal League.
It will be a challenging first managerial role for the 38-year-old, who will aim to guide Town away from the Premier Division trapdoor.
Born in Barnstaple, Pickard has a chiropody practice in the town.
He began his football career at Plymouth in 1988, scoring one goal in 16 appearances.
He had a two-year spell with Hereford from 1992, playing 72 games and netting 14 times.
Pickard moved on to Dorchester where he enjoyed a prolific three seasons which brought 102 goals in 115 appearances and earned a £15,000 switch to Yeovil.
He formed a dangerous strike partnership with Warren Patmore, another contender for the Barnstaple vacancy, and scored 27 goals in 63 games for the Glovers before injuries restricted his appearances and he left in 1999.
Pickard rejoined Dorchester but two barren seasons saw him released by the Magpies.
Barnstaple are understood to have chosen from a four-man shortlist which featured Pickard and Morchard Bishop boss Patmore.
Eddie Cameron, who has acted as caretaker-manager since Pete Buckingham resigned last month, remained in charge for the Wellington fixture.