Hughes and Hanlon sign in
New managers given free rein to ring the changes HAYES & YEADING
HAYES & Yeading United have promised new management duo Paul Hughes and Ritchie Hanlon a blank canvas as they bid to turn around the club’s fortunes.
The former Kings Langley pair were appointed last Thursday, with Tristan Lewis moving back upstairs to director of football after taking charge for Saturday’s 3-0 Southern Premier defeat at Chippenham Town.
Since then, coaches Delroy Preddie and Paul Barry have both departed, with former United keeper Preddie’s exit particularly surprising given he is a muchloved figure at the club.
Lewis said: “It’s sad to see them going on to pastures new, especially with Del being a club legend and a personal friend, but the new management team will want to bring their own people in.
“You want them coming in feeling that it’s their club and they have the reins, and the only thing they will have from us is our support, rather than being told how to do it. Their success elsewhere would suggest they have a fair idea already.
“We’re hoping, with them having guided Kings Langley to three successive promotions, that they will bring with them a winning mentality, and that they can breed that here. We want to go into games knowing we can get results again.”
As a player, Hughes made 22 appearances for Glenn Hoddle’s Chelsea and also featured for Luton and Southampton, while Hanlon can name Southend, Peterborough, Stevenage, Lincoln IT MUST be the name! Andy Murray is not the only British tennis player to have reached number one in the world rankings this week.
Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne emulated Murray’s heroics by returning to top spot in the world quad double rankings following his victory at the UNIQLO Wheelchair Doubles and Cambridge among his former professional clubs.
The new management team were set to take charge for the first time in last night’s county cup tie at Harrow Borough, having taken a back seat at Chippenham to assess their new squad.
Lewis added: “The scoreline did not reflect the game really, but it’s a good thing as the new manag- Masters event, which was held in California at the weekend.
Lapthorne teamed up with Antony Cotterill for an all-British triumph in the quad doubles, the pair having gone into the tournament as second seeds and won two of three round-robin matches to book their place in the final.
There, they dug deep to snatch the opening set, and after taking ers probably saw the best and the worst of us. It’s been an unsettling time for the players, and hopefully we’ll get some stability now.
“We’re not in a great place at the moment league-wise, and short term we need to get some points on the board to make sure we’re safe. The mandate we have then set them is a comfortable mid-table finish to build on next year.” a 3-0 lead in the decider they were never behind again, closing out a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 victory.
“After a tough week it’s great to come out and finally win the doubles masters again,” said Lapthorne, who also won the 2010 title partnering Brit, Peter
Down in Division One Central, Northwood lost 2-1 at Farnborough and Uxbridge went down 3-1 at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB. AFC Hayes were also beaten at home, 3-1 by Camberley Town in the Combined Counties Premier, but Harefield United were 3-1 winners at Hadley Wood & Wingate in Spartan South Midlands Division One. Norfolk. “I’m thrilled to have won after such a long time. Big thanks to Ant and the Tennis Foundation Team out here for looking after me this week.
“It’s going to be great to go back home with this title, and I’ll be working hard to try and add the singles title at the NEC Masters in front of a home crowd in a few weeks.”
ALL-CHANGE: Tristan Lewis, left, and Delroy Preddie have made way at Hayes and Yeading United for former Kings Langley duo Paul Hughes, inset, and Ritchie Hanlon.