Lewis walks on the Wilder side
Hayes & Yeading boss learned from ‘proven manager’
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)