‘United has my full at­ten­tion’

Man­ager Hay­lock ditches Ex­eter role

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jake Evans tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Hay­lock worked as an an­a­lyst, scout and first-team coach dur­ing his time with the Gre­cians and con­tin­ued to serve the club in some ca­pac­ity af­ter be­ing ap­pointed Hayes & Yead­ing boss in Oc­to­ber 2015.

But with United en­tan­gled in a Na­tional League South rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, Hay­lock has an­nounced the club will re­ceive his full at­ten­tion for the re­main­der of the sea­son at least.

It al­ready ap­pears a good de­ci­sion as El­liott Benyon’s strike and an own goal turned the ta­bles on Ox­ford City at York Road on Satur­day to give Hayes & Yead­ing their first back-to-back vic­to­ries of the cam­paign, hav­ing al­ready beaten We­ston-su­per-Mare.

Hay­lock, de­lighted with the two pos­i­tive re­sults ahead of a mas­sive test at lead­ers Ebb­s­fleet this week­end, said: “I’m just go­ing to take a step away from that [role at Ex­eter City]. There are no plans to go down there now.

“The Mon­day stuff seemed point­less be­cause the Ex­eter play­ers were get­ting the day off on oc­ca­sions and that was the only time in my sched­ule I could go down, so there is no need to carry on with that.”

Hay­lock is, how­ever, plan­ning to keep in touch with City man­ager Paul Tis­dale Tis­dale, who is widely re­garded as the most fash­ion­able coach in the foot­ball league thanks to his flam­boy­ant cloth­ing.

Tis­dale can also claim to be the se­cond long­est serv­ing man­ager in English foot­ball, be­hind Arse­nal’s Arsene Wenger, hav­ing man­aged Ex­eter for a decade since his ap­point­ment in 2006.

Hay­lock said: “I am good friends with the man­ager so he will prob­a­bly look to me for bits and pieces like scout­ing play­ers, but not like be­fore be­cause my fo­cus is on Hayes & Yead­ing now.

“The scout­ing I do is more for U21 play­ers. I go to a lot of U21 games to look at po­ten­tial sign­ings.

“We know each other very well and he will of­ten ask my opin­ion, but we will stay in touch and see where that goes.”

Else­where, Uxbridge claimed a 2-2 draw with Egham Town in the South­ern League Divi­sion One Cen­tral on Satur­day. AFC Hayes put in a ter­rific per­for­mance to crush Wind­sor 3-1 at Farm Park in the Com­bined Coun­ties Premier at the week­end. HAYES su­per fly­weight Ramesh Ah­madi has been backed to chalk up an­other KO in Beth­nal Green this week­end, writes Matthew Bozeat.

The 21-year-old will taken on Dar­ren Pryce at the his­toric York Hall on Satur­day.

The fight is sched­uled for six rounds, but coach Lee Buckingham ex­pects Ah­madi to win the fight in­side the dis­tance.

Ah­madi has been the dis­tance in his last two fights and Buckingham said: “Ramesh has had a knee in­jury and be­cause of that he hasn’t been able to do as much run­ning as he would have liked and was wor­ried about his fit­ness. So when he hurt his op­po­nents, he didn’t jump on them and get the stop­page. If he had been at the top of his game, I’m sure Ramesh would have four straight stop­pages on his record.”

Ah­madi took a no­table scalp in his last fight. Brett Fi­doe is a tough-as-old-boots jour­ney­man who’s been com­pet­i­tive against some of the coun­try’s top fight­ers.

Ah­madi out­pointed him over six rounds and Buckingham added: “He hurt Fi­doe a cou­ple of times and if he had been fit, he might have be­come the first to stop him.”

That per­for­mance con­vinced Buckingham his fighter can win cham­pi­onship hon­ours.

Buckingham was hop­ing to see Ah­madi chal­lenge for ti­tles early this year.

But be­cause of de­lays get­ting his Bri­tish pass­port, those plans have had to be put back.

Ah­madi was born in Afghanistan and Buckingham said: “There have been a few de­lays get­ting Ramesh his Bri­tish pass­port.

“Once that’s sorted, I will put him in there with any­one in Bri­tain.”

n REL­E­GA­TION BAT­TLE: Garry Hay­lock is con­cen­trat­ing on his man­age­ment role, but will keep in touch with Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale (in­set)

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