‘United has my full attention’
Manager Haylock ditches Exeter role
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)