New Blackstones bosses happy with low bud­get

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World of Sport -

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.”

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