Rotherham United (C)
Stevenage Borough (C)
Biggleswade United, Chesham United, Hemel Hempstead Town, Dunstable Town, St Albans City, Bedford Town, Berkhamsted Town, Hitchin Town
10th, Sky Bet League Two (2016/7)
Darren Sarll was no stranger to Stevenage Football Club by the time he was added to Teddy Sheringham's coaching staff in summer 2015. In two stints at the Lamex, Sarll had taken charge of the reserve and youth teams and had been seen by some as a future first team manager too.
The way in which his appointment came about in early 2016, though, was exactly not the smoothest of transitions. Boro' had found themselves struggling at the wrong end of the League Two table as former Spurs and Manchester United striker Sheringham left his post - and the man to pick up the pieces was to be Sarll.
A coaching team was promptly assembled that helped guide the club away from the feared relegation zone. Under Sarll's leadership, Boro' did start to show signs of improvement and finished the 2015-6 campaign on a relative high - the club rallying from the precipice to finish in 18th. It might not seem glamorous looking back, but the darkest days of November and December meant it was welcomed with arms outstretched!
The initial appointment was on a caretaker basis, but Boro's finish to the season gave the board the confidence and the encouragement they needed to make his managerial stay permanent. It's a decision that made absolute sense at the time, with Sarll developing as a manager and aided by the support of advisor Glenn Roeder. The appointment was welcomed by players and supporters alike, with optimism starting to circulate once again.
In addition to his time at the Lamex, Sarll gained his experience in a couple of Football League roles - first in charge of Brentford's youth side, followed by a spell as Head of Player Development at Rotherham United. But it seemed the path would always be guiding him 'home' to Stevenage, a club for whom Sarll holds in high affection and instilled a real determination to do well on the pitch in his new and senior position.