‘I’m ex­cited about United re­turn’

Hay­lock’s back in the Hayes & Yead­ing hot­seat FOOTBALL

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

GARRY Hay­lock is feel­ing right at home af­ter re­turn­ing to Hayes & Yead­ing United as man­ager.

Hay­lock be­came the club’s first man­ager fol­low­ing the merger be­tween the two clubs in 2007 and he now suc­ceeds Tris­tan Lewis at the helm fol­low­ing his de­ci­sion to step down from the role last week.

He over­saw pro­mo­tion to the non-league top flight via the play­offs in 2009 and spent two years in the Con­fer­ence Premier with the club be­fore de­part­ing in May 2011.

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to chair­man Tony O’Driscoll about another mat­ter threw up the chance to take back the reins and Hay­lock could not re­sist the lure of the Va­narama Na­tional League South out­fit.

His first game back in charge saw some of the old grit back in the side as United played out a goal­less draw with Gosport to pick up a point at Maiden­head’s York Road.

United hope to be play­ing back at Bea­cons­field Road, where Hay­lock used to boss Yead­ing be­fore the merger, by the end of the sea­son to end years of ground­shar­ing since his orig­i­nal de­par­ture.

Pulling back up at his old stomp­ing ground for train­ing was a real blast from the past and the re­turn­ing Hayes & Yead­ing boss feels his story is start­ing to come to­gether nicely.

He said: “Driv­ing to train­ing again for the first time was weird be­cause I first watched us train there in De­cem­ber 2006.

“Get­ting back in there would ob­vi­ously elim­i­nate the cost of hav­ing to pay to play our games else­where and hope­fully that money saved would give us a bit of a boost.

“I quite like the idea of be­ing there at the start and at the end of the jour­ney to get the club home.

“I felt like I was walk­ing back into my old house. I’m very ex­cited.

“Adam Everitt, who was cap­tain for me at Yead­ing, was sit­ting in the dress­ing room when I got there and I’ve known him from the be­gin­ning so there was a neat book-end to the whole thing.”

Hay­lock has been work­ing most re­cently as a match an­a­lyst for Ex­eter City and last sea­son took up the role of first-team coach with the Gre­cians and the United man­ager in­tends to re­main with the Devon side in some ca­pac­ity.

He said: “It’s a work in progress. I didn’t want to leave them in the lurch be­cause the job that I’ve been do­ing is go­ing to have to be filled.

“We’ll see how things go in the short-term.

“It would be great to have that con­nec­tion with them and I’d like to think we’d be first in line for any play­ers they were look­ing to send out on loan.”

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