United narrow search for boss
Stand-in boss Lewis rules himself out of the running
The club then hope to have their man in place by early November, allowing temporary boss Tristan Lewis to return to his director of football duties.
Lewis had led United to four points out of six and so nearly a maximum return, since taking the reins just over a week ago, but has ruled himself out of the running.
Chairman Tony O’Driscoll said: “It hasn’t moved on an awful lot because I’ve been busy with outside work, but I’m hoping to speak to the two names we want to speak to this week. They’re both currently in jobs, which means it could take a little longer, but we’d rather wait and get the right man in. I promised Tristan it wouldn’t be more than three weeks and he’s happy with that.”
Lewis led United to a 1-0 win over St Ives Town in his first match back in charge last Tuesday, Olu Durojaiye scoring the only goal of the game from he penalty spot.
He then looked set for another three points on Saturday when United led 2-1 going into the last minute at Kings Lynn Town, through strikes from recent signings Tom Gilbey and Jerson Dos Santos, but were pegged back to 2-2 with a goal right at the death.
O’Driscoll said: “Saturday was very frustrating as it was only a slip by one of our defenders which let them in right at the end, but we have seen over the past week that Tristan is mor more than capable of doing the job at the moment.”
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O’Driscoll added: “There will be more players coming in as well, as part of the problem we’ve had this season is the ones we’ve had haven’t been good enough, and
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“We will keep adding players until we’re happy.”
United host Cirencester Town at Uxbridge FC this Saturday before travelling to Weymouth three days later. paddlers like Joel, who have someone to learn from.
“It also shows that we are regarded as a club worth paddling for.
“We need more paddlers coming through to race at entry level and I am confident that we will have a very large and successful team over the next few months.”
ON THE MOVE: James Harper and (inset) Jerson Dos Santos