Care­taker gets full-time post

SPORT HAYES & YEAD­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TRIS­TAN Lewis will re­main as manager and has wasted no time in putting his stamp on the Hayes & Yead­ing United squad.

Lewis was placed in in­terim charge of the first-team in March fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Phil Babb and guided the club to Con­fer­ence South sur­vival.

The Gazette re­vealed weeks ago that chair­man Tony O’Driscoll was con­sid­er­ing ap­point­ing the for­mer Read­ing academy coach on a per­ma­nent ba­sis if re­sults were pos­i­tive.

Avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion was a con­sid­er­able achieve­ment given the re­sources avail­able to Lewis, who was re­laxed about his po­si­tion and in­stead con­cen­trated on pre­par­ing the team.

With the cam­paign now over, plan­ning has al­ready be­gun for next sea­son and Staines Town wide man Max Wors­fold was an­nounced as the club’s first sum­mer sign­ing, over the week­end.

Lewis has also held talks with one other Swans player fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion and wants an­other new face in the dugout along­side him for his first full cam­paign.

He had been com­bin­ing tak­ing charge of the first-team, re­serves, U18s and the academy and now feels an ex­tra pair of hands will ease the bur­den.

Lewis said: “I can’t do all those roles but we’ve had a chat about that. I’ve had a chat with the staff and they know I want to bring in an as­sis­tant. That won’t af­fect any­body else’s role and we won’t re­struc­ture.

“They know the peo­ple on my list of pos­si­ble tar­gets and they are happy with that. We’ve got a re­ally good feel­ing off the pitch now and I’ve got to pro­tect that. Who­ever comes in has got to be the right per­son.

Staines Town’s Max Wors­fold, above left, is the first sum­mer sign­ing made by Hayes and Yead­ing United manager Tris­tan Lewis, be­low

“We have a very good re­la­tion­ship, my­self and Tony, but I don’t see my­self as the manager of the foot­ball club. I see my­self as a team leader. It’s not about me and if it doesn’t work out then I’d be the first per­son to tell Tony I think we need to bring some­body else in.

“There’s no point in us think­ing we’re go­ing to fail be­fore we’ve started. I think that if we need a change then we’re all big enough to ad­mit that if and when that time comes. It can’t be much worse than it has been for the past few years.

“The two years that we

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stayed up have been with me man­ag­ing the team at the end.

“My ob­jec­tive is to en­sure we’re not in a rel­e­ga­tion battle next sea­son, even if that means we’re out­side the top 10.

“I want to bring in a group of play­ers that can stay out of trou­ble and grow for sea­sons to come, not all leave and have us chang­ing manager again. We need a bit of con­sis­tency on and off the pitch.”

Lewis has set a date of June 27 for the play­ers to re­turn for pre­sea­son train­ing and has al­ready planned friendlies with Slough, on July 14, and Egham, on July 21. HAYES & Yead­ing United fear they could lose star de­fender Dean In­man this sum­mer.

The cen­tre-back was named the sup­port­ers’ player of the year for the sec­ond sea­son run­ning last month, af­ter help­ing keep the club in the Con­fer­ence South.

He is now a free agent, though, and can lis­ten to any of­fers.

Hayes & Yead­ing have told In­man they want him to re­main a key part of the squad for next term but the for­mer Farn­bor­ough and Hamp­ton & Rich­mond man is con­sid­er­ing his op­tions.

Iron­i­cally, In­man could be lining up at York Road again next sea­son but play­ing in the colours of United’s land­lords Maiden­head, with the Mag­pies in­ter­ested in sign­ing the player.

Along with In­man, manager Tris­tan Lewis is also un­der­stood to have of­fered fresh terms to Jim Fen­lon, Lewis Fer­rell, Luke Wil­liams, Adam Everitt and Chris­tian Smith.

El­liot Benyon, who en­joyed a suc­cess­ful spell on loan from Torquay, is an­other op­tion for Lewis but the striker would need to re­lo­cate to west Lon­don.

Two other proven goalscor­ers at Con­fer­ence South level have been con­tacted by United should the move for Benyon fall through.

An­other loa­nee who made an im­pact on boss Lewis, Ge­orge McLennan, is out of con­tract at Read­ing and has been sounded out about a re­turn.

Should he be handed a new deal by the Roy­als, McLennan could come back to Hayes & Yead­ing on an­other short-term switch from the Made­jski Sta­dium.

Mean­while, Lewis has ad­mit­ted that a few of last sea­son’s squad will not be wear­ing the red shirt again af­ter the 3-0 fi­nal-day de­feat by St Al­bans sealed a few ex­its.

He said: “What that per­for­mance did do was put a few nails in coffins. In a strange way it was the best thing that could’ve hap­pened. We need play­ers who are go­ing to fight all the time. We know who we want to keep hold of and who we are pre­pared to let go.”

United fin­ished the sea­son in 19th place in the ta­ble, hav­ing ac­crued 42 points from their 40 fix­tures.

Pub­lished by Trinity Mir­ror South­ern, at Stoke Mill, Wok­ing Road, Guild­ford, Sur­rey, GU1 1QA. Reg­is­tered at the Post Of­fice as a news­pa­per. Printed at Mir­ror Colour Print Ltd, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Hert­ford­shire, WD24 7RG

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