FOOTBALL: Deal is close for new Holbeach United boss

Martyn Cundy took charge on Wednesday night. Photos by Tim Wilson
Martyn Cundy took charge on Wednesday night. Photos by Tim Wilson
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Martyn Cundy looks set to accept an offer to become Holbeach United’s manager.

He returned to Carter’s Park last summer as assistant to Tom Roberts who made a decision to step down due to work commitments after last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Harborough Town.

Skipper Jamie Stevens was carried off with suspected ankle ligament damage

Skipper Jamie Stevens was carried off with suspected ankle ligament damage

Cundy came through the Tigers’ youth ranks to play in the senior side but he took a break from management following a spell at Moulton Harrox.

He said: “The players and the chairman (Dave Dougill) want me to take over.

“So I’m definitely going to consider it but first of all I must speak to my family and employers.

“I’m happy and it’s 90 per cent done.

I’m happy and it’s 90 per cent done. It’s all about getting the right team of honest and loyal people around me to help.

Martyn Cundy

“It’s all about getting the right team of honest and loyal people around me to help.”

Cundy could be confirmed as the boss this weekend following the trip to Sileby Rangers in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.

Dougill said: “He hasn’t given a final decision yet but we have a club meeting on Sunday to discuss it further.

“I’m quite happy for him to carry on. At this time I feel we need that continuity.

Stuart Muldrew is fouled by keeper Lewis Moat for a late penalty converted by Josh Ford

Stuart Muldrew is fouled by keeper Lewis Moat for a late penalty converted by Josh Ford

“He has managed before at Moulton Harrox and he knows our current squad.”

Cundy was caretaker-boss for Wednesday night’s 4-1 home defeat to league leaders Peterborough Sports.

He said: “To be perfectly honest, they are a top side without any shadow of doubt.

“We set out with a game plan but all that was scuppered early on with Jamie Stevens getting injured.

“The first goal came from a deflection but when the second one went in it was probably game over.

“The commitment of our lads was spot on because they kept working hard. I couldn’t ask for any more from them in terms of work-rate.

“We had to bring in players due to injuries and Sports had that little bit of quality.”

Reflecting on Roberts’ departure, Cundy added: “He hinted to me that it was starting to make an impact on his life so the decision wasn’t a complete shock.

“It’s not a massive change for me to come in and do the job because I’ve been here as assistant-manager.

“I just need to look at the issues of other commitments now.

“I had five years out of football but last summer I was asked to be involved so I had to contemplate that.

“The club is in the best position for a few years. We should be higher up the table but we’ve also got a couple of cup quarter-finals coming up.”

Matt Warfield, Tommy Treacher and Jordan Thomas should be back in the Holbeach squad for Saturday’s game at Sileby but Josh Ford is unavailable and Stacy Cartwright remains sidelined.