New Blackstones bosses happy with low budget
MOST managers would be dismayed to discover they have a shoestring budget – but the new Blackstones bosses are more than happy with the situation.
Money is tight at the United Counties League Premier Division club which appointed Darren Jarvis and Michael Goude as co-chiefs late last week.
Jarvis has spent the past two seasons in charge of Deeping Rangers Reserves (a team he guided to promotion in his first year at the helm) while Goode has spent many years as a senior player at Outgang Road.
Central defender Goode (33) is likely to continue his lengthy playing career while Jarvis (32) orchestrates operations from the dugout. Together they are convinced they can overcame a shortage of cash to lead the Lincoln Road outfit into mid-table.
Jarvis said: “Myself and Michael have known each other well for the best part of 15 years and will work as co-managers. There is no main man.
“It is a fantastic opportunity even though it will be something of a transitional season as we will be working with one of the lowest budgets in the entire league.
“We will not have the pound notes to throw around to try and attract players. Instead the club are committed to carrying out improvements on the ground and it is a stance we fully support as it is about the long-term future of the club.
“But we are still confident we can make a couple of signings that will raise plenty of sets of eyebrows.”
Jarvis and Goode inherit a Stones squad already without three of its star performers. Central defender Richard Jones, his striking brother Mark Jones and midfielder Jonny Stead have already switched to newly-promoted Northern Star.
But they gain one proven defender in Goode and a number of players could follow the new managerial partnership along the A16.
Jarvis added: “Three or four of my Deeping players could well come over but all members of the existing Blackstones squad will get an opportunity. The same applies to lads from their reserves who finished second in their division last season.”