Lewis walks on the Wilder side

Hayes & Yead­ing boss learned from ‘proven man­ager’

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

MICKEY Lewis is en­ter­ing his first man­age­ment job with Hayes & Yead­ing full of con­fi­dence af­ter learn­ing from one of the best in the busi­ness.

Lewis, who was ap­pointed United man­ager fol­low­ing Garry Hay­lock’s de­par­ture, worked along­side Foot­ball League Man­ager of the Year Chris Wilder dur­ing his time at Ox­ford.

Wilder se­cured Northamp­ton’s first league tri­umph since 1987 to lift the club into League One and earn him a move to his beloved Sh­effield United for next sea­son.

He looks to have a bright fu­ture in man­age­ment with the Blades af­ter such a stun­ning sea­son with the Cob­blers, de­spite off-the-field fi­nan­cial trou­bles at Six­fields.

It is no sur­prise to Lewis, who stepped in as care­taker boss at Ox­ford when Wilder left for Northamp­ton in 2014, af­ter watch­ing him closely at the Kas­sam Sta­dium.

He soaked up as much in­for­ma­tion as he could from their time to­gether at Ox­ford and will still be call­ing on his old pal for tips as his Hayes & Yead­ing ad­ven­ture un­folds.

“Chris has a lot go­ing on but we still speak,” Lewis said of his friend­ship with the Bra­mall Lane chief.

“When we were to­gether we worked re­ally well to­gether and I learned a lot from him.

“He has proven what he is and that’s a re­ally top man­ager.

“I take ad­vice from ev­ery­body and he’s one I’ll be call­ing on for ad­vice now and again, def­i­nitely. He is some­one I re­spect.”

There is a vast dis­tance be­tween Wilder’s League One Blades and Lewis’s United down in the South­ern League, fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion from the Con­fer­ence South.

The de­mo­tion never fac­tored into Lewis’s de­ci­sion though and he is more in­ter­ested in build­ing a club than wor­ry­ing about in which league that process starts.

“It’s more about the club than what league they are in for me,” he added.

“The club has a good chance to build some­thing now. No­body at the club is ex­pect­ing things to turn around overnight.

“We’re ob­vi­ously go­ing to try and win ev­ery game, but it’s a task to build a foot­ball club. This was a good op­por­tu­nity and one I’m ex­cited about.”

n RE­SPECT: Chris Wilder (above) will be an in­spi­ra­tion for new Hayes & Yead­ing boss Mickey Lewis (right)

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