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ROOKIE boss Tris­tan Lewis thinks hon­esty is the best pol­icy to move Hayes & Yead­ing United for­ward as a club.

Lewis (pic­tured) is tak­ing his first steps into man­age­ment af­ter be­ing pro­moted to the top job fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of f Phil B Babb.bb

He is in the process of re­build­ing the team for an­other crack at the Con­fer­ence South next sea­son and hop­ing to im­prove on the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tles of re­cent years.

The likes of for­mer AFC Wim­ble­don de­fender Yado Mambo and young Ful­ham goal­keeper Mag­nus Nor­man have al­ready been added to the ranks by Lewis.

Hav­ing worked as right-hand man to first Nas Bashir and then Babb at Hayes & Yead­ing, Lewis is get­ting used to life as num­ber one at York Road.

It is a steep learn­ing curve but the United supremo ad­mits one ap­proach has al­ready served him well dur­ing his re­cruit­ment drive this sum­mer.

He said: “It’s been in­ter­est­ing to see it from a dif­fer­ent an­gle as manager. The league is go­ing to be re­ally dif­fi­cult next year but I think you’ve got to rel­ish that.

“One thing I have learnt, per­haps the big­gest and best thing, is to be hon­est with play­ers as a manager. We can’t com­pete with some of the big spenders, but we know that and we don’t try.

“I think play­ers ap­pre­ci­ate that I’m hon­est with them. Luke Wil­liams re-signed be­cause he knows I’ll be hon­est with him. I’ve got play­ers who want to buy into what I want to do.

“We’re try­ing to build some­thing for the fu­ture and not just some­thing that’s go­ing to get us by next year.

“The big­gest piece of the jig­saw is the cen­tre for­ward. We’re not go­ing to rush out and get some­one – we want to make sure we get the right player.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of play­ers on the hori­zon, one of whom has gone on hol­i­day, but we know where we are with it all.

“We can’t pay the same money some other clubs can and I’ve got to pro­tect the in­ter­est of the foot­ball club as well.

“We aren’t deal­ing in con­tracts. Some teams go around splash­ing cash and tak­ing play­ers from you, but that’s the na­ture of where we are. I want a group that starts the sea­son and fin­ishes the sea­son.”

Hayes & Yead­ing United are al­ready fill­ing up their pre-sea­son fix­ture sched­ule and will play Grays Ath­letic and Bed­font as well as Slough and Egham.

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