United close to nam­ing boss

Lewis steps down from his role at Hayes & Yead­ing

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

HAYES & Yead­ing United hope to ap­point a new man­ager this morn­ing (Wed­nes­day) af­ter Tris­tan Lewis stepped down from the top job at Bea­cons­field Road.

United were knocked out of the FA Cup by lower league op­po­si­tion on Satur­day as Poole Town ran out 3-2 win­ners in a sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing round clash.

Six play­ers were im­me­di­ately shown the door with Aaron Len­nox, Yado Mambo, Ben Ger­ring, Harry Grant, Bren­dan Kier­nan and Jake Ni­chol­son all de­part­ing.

But the big­gest change came in the dugout as club stal­wart Lewis agreed to give up the reins and will now fo­cus on his role as di­rec­tor of football.

United were last night in ad­vanced dis­cus­sions with one can­di­date and the pa­per­work to con­firm his re­place­ment was set to be an­nounced in a mat­ter of hours.

The for­mer boss made it clear that the de­ci­sion to move aside was not based on per­for­mances on the pitch and had been in the pipeline for a num­ber of weeks.

Lewis said: “Tony and I have been speak­ing about this for weeks. It wasn’t a re­sults-driven de­ci­sion, we just felt that peo­ple need to be fo­cus­ing more on cer­tain ar­eas of the club. I was jug­gling lots of dif­fer­ent roles and we’re try­ing to build a club and not just a team.

“I’ve al­ways said that I never saw my­self as a man­ager, I’ve al­ways thought of my­self as a team leader, and now is the time for an out-and-out man­ager to come in. I’ve got no ego and it’s not about me be­ing man­ager of Hayes & Yead­ing.

“Re­gard­less of whether we won or lost on Satur­day, this was go­ing to hap­pen. We agreed that we’d get Satur­day out of the way and although the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing, it in no way ac­cel­er­ated this process at all.

“There’s still 90 or so points to play for. When I took over last sea­son we didn’t have long left. We’re not in the bot­tom three, we’re not in the cri­sis. This club is in a bet­ter place than it was three months ago and a much bet­ter place than it was three years ago. It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the club.

“This is a chance for me to make a real dif­fer­ence. I’ll still be part of this club and I’m not run­ning away. The play­ers that are here are ones that I have a good re­la­tion­ship with. We just need a change to do what’s best for the club. I think it’s time for a change. It’s a step for­ward. I felt it needed to hap­pen.”

United’s new man­ager should be in place to take charge of his first game as boss this week­end when Gosport Bor­ough pay a visit to York Road.

n STEP­PING DOWN: Tris­tan Lewis

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