Mun­ton is ready to rise to the chal­lenge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by MARK PLUM­MER

DAR­REN Mun­ton is ready to beg, steal and bor­row as he bids to steady the Bourne ship.

The town leg­end re­turned to the hot-seat for a sec­ond spell as Wakes boss ear­lier this week. Mun­ton steps up from his re­serve-team player-man­ager post to suc­ceed Mar­tyn Lakin who de­parted in the wake of the club’s de­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion One of the United Coun­ties League.

Bourne were sent down due to their Abbey Lawn fa­cil­i­ties not com­ing up to scratch - a prob­lem which also means they can­not be con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion back to the Premier Di­vi­sion.

But that doesn’t mean Mun­ton, who was also in charge from 2002 to 2004 and had a brief spell as care­taker in 2008, is not rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge.

He said: “Bourne is very close to my heart. I won the UCL Premier Di­vi­sion when play­ing with the club back in 1991 and en­joyed my first spell as man­ager.

“Man­ag­ing at this level can be very full-on. Your wife be­comes your sec­re­tary and it can take over your life, but I know what to ex­pect.

“We don’t have much of a bud­get so it is go­ing to be a case of scrimp­ing and sav­ing ev­ery­where we can.

“We have to ex­pect most of the lads who were at the club last sea- son to move on and a lot of the re­serve lads will be step­ping up with me.

“It should be a good ex­pe­ri­ence for them and I will be hop­ing to bring in a cou­ple of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to help them through.

“We know we are not in a po­si­tion to go back up due to the ground, but a top-six fin­ish would be nice as we try to sta­bilise the club.

“Mar­tyn is an am­bi­tious per­son and we com­pletely un­der­stand his rea­sons for mov­ing on. Un­for­tu­nately our cir­cum­stances mean he couldn’t re­alise those am­bi­tions here.”

Pete Stan­ton will step up from Un­der 18 boss to be­come Bourne’s new re­serve man­ager.

HOL­BEACH United are set to dis­cover next Wed­nes­day whether or not they have been spared from rel­e­ga­tion.

The Tigers were also de­moted from the UCL Premier Di­vi­sion due to a ground-grad­ing is­sue, but they have been given hope of stay­ing in the top flight af­ter all.

Stot­fold have ap­plied to join the Spar­tan South Mid­lands League and should they be ac­cepted, Hol- beach are likely to take their place in the Premier Di­vi­sion.

The mat­ter will be dis­cussed at the UCL an­nual meet­ing and Hol­beach player-boss Shaun Kee­ble said: “The con­sti­tu­tion of the league is up for de­bate. On the agenda it states that if they leave the league, we’ll be back in their place.”

Hol­beach were de­moted be­cause they didn’t have a hard-stand­ing sur­face all the way around their Carters Park pitch, but the work to pro­vide that is cur­rently be­ing com­pleted.

NEW MAN AT THE HELM: Dar­ren Mun­ton is the new Bourne man­ager.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.