Dunn returns as Pinchbeck player-boss

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Ian Dunn has returned to Pinchbeck United as player-manager, vowing to bring back the glory days.

The 33-year-old was announced as the new boss at the club’s presentation evening on Saturday.

In his last spell at the club, Pinchbeck won the Peterborough and District League title as well as the PFA KO Cup, missing out on a treble when finishing runners-up in the Lincs County Cup.

He began last season as manager at Boston Town, where he was sacked following a 12-0 defeat at Spalding, and ended it playing for Holbeach.

Now his situation mirrors John Chand’s at Holbeach as a title-winning manager returns to their former club hoping to bring back the good times.

He said: “They say you should never go back but I enjoyed my time there and it felt like it was the right move to return.

“I want to bring back the feel-good factor and get the club back at the right end of the table.

“Things didn’t go so well for me at Boston but I am going back to Pinchbeck and I hope to get a couple of assistants in, one of which should also play.

“I’m only 33 so hopefully I’ve still got a few goals in me and I’ve been speaking to a few players about signing.

“It’s not easy as they want to see who else we are signing so the first thing is for us to get them to come along to pre-season training and take things from there.

“We need to bring in a winning mentality because last season didn’t go very well.

“Four wins all season tells its own story so players need to know it’s not enough to just turn up.

“Getting the winning mentality back is the key element and I am determined to get the club back up to the right end of the table.

Pinchbeck award winners were:

Manager’s player of the season: Liam Dawson; Players’ player: Ricky Dickinson; Most improved: Aaron Cooper.

Reserve team: Manager’s player: Simon Webb; Players’ player: Leigh Boekestyn; Most improved: Dalton Sharman.

A team: Managers’ player: Luis Taylor; Players’ player: Luke Allen; Most improved: Ryan Mills.

Sunday team: Managers’ player: Ricky Drury; Players’ player: Jon Fairweather; Most improved: Jordan Mahon.