Lewis ready for the ‘chal­lenge’

For­mer Ox­ford coach gets the nod as United boss FOOT­BALL

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

MICKEY Lewis is rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge of his first steps into man­age­ment with Hayes & Yead­ing United.

The 51-year-old was ap­pointed as the club’s new man­ager late last week fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Garry Hay­lock at the end of the sea­son.

Hay­lock left the club in the wake of Hayes & Yead­ing’s rel­e­ga­tion to the South­ern League af­ter a dis­as­trous cam­paign.

Lewis knows the club, hav­ing ini­tially joined the coach­ing staff last sum­mer af­ter leav­ing Ox­ford United, with whom he had a brief spell as care­taker man­ager in 2014.

How­ever, Hay­lock’s ar­rival sig­nalled Lewis’ exit and he has now jumped at the chance to re­turn to the SkyEx Com­mu­nity Sta­dium as boss.

He said: “I had an as­so­ci­a­tion with Hayes any­way as I’ve been work­ing all year with Tris­tan on the youth setup. Come the end of the sea­son, they ap­proached me to take on the man­ager’s job.

“It didn’t take too much think­ing about to be hon­est be­cause it’s a great setup here.

“We’ve got the new ground, the in­fras­truc­ture is good and the youth setup is ex­cel­lent.

“There’s some good young play­ers com­ing through as well, so this is a good time to be Hayes & Yead­ing man­ager.

“I was as­sis­tant at Ox­ford for a long time with Chris Wilder.

“I was as­sis­tant coach at Don­caster for a lit­tle while as well so I’ve been around the game for a long time and around first teams for a long time. This is the first time for me as a man­ager in my own right though.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for me. Rel­e­ga­tion hap­pens to ev­ery­body at some stage but you have to look at it as a chal chal­lenge to re­build and I’m very muc much look­ing for­ward to that cha chal­lenge. It was a tough league last year.

““Teams get rel­e­gated – It hap hap­pens. It was al­ways go­ing to be t tight and I’m more in­ter­ested in the fu­ture of this club.”

Lewis was due to sit down wit with di­rec­tor of foot­ball Tri Tris­tan Lewis and chair­man To Tony O’Driscoll today (W (Wednesday) to be­gin putting pla plans in place.

H He will have to build a new tea team with­out last sea­son’s lea lead­ing goalscorer El­liott Be Benyon af­ter the for­mer To Torquay striker joined Weald­stone to re­main in the Na­tional South League. tL

n AP­POINT­MENT: Mickey Lewis has taken over from Garry Hay­lock as boss of Hayes & Yead­ing United, but he will have to re­place top scorer El­liott Benyon (left)

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