Drury: Time was right to move on

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Graham Drury has revealed why he decided to resign as joint-manager of Holbeach United.

He admits the extra-time exit in the last 16 of the FA Vase was a big blow - even though the Tigers are still chasing a league and cup double.

Drury describes Holbeach as “a fantastic club” and says he enjoyed working with John Chand at Carter’s Park.

He said: “To be honest, winning the UCL was not the be all and end all for me.

“I really wanted to have a go at the FA Vase and I know John wanted to learn from me as well.

“It’s a fantastic club with great people and I enjoyed my time there.

“I just felt a few things were getting a bit sloppy and my enjoyment factor was slipping away.

“So I thought the time was right for John to do it on his own, although I don’t know whether he wanted to do that.

“All the lads have been great.

“We’ve brought in the likes of Danny Spencer, Lee Dube, Jake Duffy, Jamie Clarke and Matty Nolan.

“The club has a good base of players and I’m sure they can still challenge.

“I know the result at home to Boston Town on Wednesday night wasn’t the best but at least they showed the togetherness to come back from 2-0 down.

“I hope it doesn’t fall apart now but there is no reason for that to happen.

“Maybe my best signing was physiotherapist Carol Holland.

“You only have to see the way she dealt with Clarke’s head injury and a cut eye for Aaron Eyett during the Boston game.

“She had to deal with Jonny Allen’s broken leg a few weeks ago as well.

“She’s a fantastic lady who I have got a lot of respect for.

“On the playing side, I’d have to pick out Dube who I’d seen when I was out of the game and he was coming off the bench at Oadby Town.

“He was like a kid in the playground who would see the ball and just run after it.

“I coached him and he came on leaps and bounds. He has grown and done really well which is all credit to himself.

“There are little areas of Duffy’s game where he has improved as well so hopefully I’ve left my mark around the place.

“I hope John has learned from working with me in terms of managing players who are not in the starting line-up and how you deal with other situations.

“During our time Holbeach have gone as far as they ever managed in the FA Vase, matching the achievement of Alan Day in the 1980s.

“Until this week, we know they had games in hand to go back on top of the league if they had won them all.

“They have got a quarter-final in the UCL Knockout Cup at home to a Division One side and we won the regionalised part of the county cup.

“So I don’t see how anyone could possibly say it didn’t work having joint-managers.

“I took John to Harrowby United years ago as a player in the reserves and that was the first time we met.

“This season we’ve had a great relationship on and off the pitch.

“I believe he can carry on and he’s proven capable of winning the UCL title in the past.

“I know he has business commitments so I did a lot of the phone calls and organisation behind the scenes.

“We brought in Jay Harrison who can fill that void and help John by taking off a bit of the pressure.

“Overall I enjoyed my experience and I’ll take some good memories. Holbeach are a fantastic club and I wish them all the best.”