FOOTBALL: Tough task for new Tigers boss after player exodus

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New Holbeach United manager Glen Maddison is under no illusions as to the size of his task at Carter’s Park following a mass exodus of players.

The Tigers moved quickly to appoint their new man on Thursday after previous boss John Chand resigned from the United Counties League champions on Monday night

But Boston-based Maddison (39) faces a complete rebuilding task as virtually of all of the title winning squad have quit.

“It’s an uphill task. I knew it was a rebuilding job when I took it,” he said. “We have to build a base from nothing.”

Maddison had the thankless task of managing UCL strugglers Sleaford Town without a budget last season and was sacked with three games remaining.

But he obviously did enough there to impress, with Chand himself recommending him to the Holbeach board.

Previously he enjoyed successful stints as manager at Horncastle, Boston United Reserves and Sleaford Reserves.

His playing career took in Boston United, Wyberton and Horncastle and he actually enjoyed a brief spell at Carter’s Park under Dick Creasey at the turn of the century.

He was two weeks into a new position at Skegness Town when the call came from Holbeach.

“I could be on a playing field with three men or playing against AFC Rushden, Wisbech or Spalding in front of a few hundred,” said Maddison.

“I could not refuse the lure of managing in the UCL again”

As well as the reported exits of Jamie Stevens, Adam Jackson and Jonny Allen to Spalding, Rob Hughes has left for Yaxley and Andy Toyne for Lincoln United.

Deeping look set to sign Tommy Treacher and Craig Parker, Jason Turner is Rushden-bound, Derwayne Stupple and Wes Lewis have left and Deeping and Wisbech are looking to secure the signature of Andrew Tidswell.

“I am hoping (keeper) Lee Overton and (defender) Matty Warfield may stay, but apart from that it will be a total rebuild,” added Maddison.

“What John did in three seasons was terrific and we now have another three-year plan. There are no great expectations and I am under no illusions. It is definitely a season for consolidation.

“But I don’t want to be where I was with Sleaford. There was not a penny there, but things are better at Holbeach.”

Maddison said that, although a ball had not been kicked at Skegness, it was still a wrench to leave as hard work had already been put in place.

Holbeach were now a couple of weeks behind other teams as far as signing players is concerned, he said.

He is hopeful he may be able to persuade some of the better Sleaford players to join him, including high-scoring Liam Tunstall.

The talent he showed for bringing youngsters through at Boston and Sleaford was also key in his appointment, and he will be looking to include several local lads in the team.