Tigers aim to roar again

John Chand with Holbeach United chairman Dave Dougill and players celebrate winning the 2012-13 UCL Premier Division title.  'Photo:  SG270413-190TW  www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGEMN00120130428095809
John Chand with Holbeach United chairman Dave Dougill and players celebrate winning the 2012-13 UCL Premier Division title. 'Photo: SG270413-190TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGEMN00120130428095809
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John Chand and Steve Appleby are determined to bring the glory days back to Carter’s Park.

Chand, who led Holbeach to the UCL title before stepping down as manager at the end of the 2012/13 season, and Appleby – who won the title in his only season at the club as a player – returned last week following the shock resignation of Glen Maddison.

Maddison did well to lead the Tigers to 11th place after a summer of turmoil but within 24 hours of his departure, chairman Dave Dougill had brought back two managers who know what’s required to do well at this level.

Appleby, who finished second in the Eastern Counties League with Wisbech last year, and Chand returned as joint managers and the pair are determined to bring the good times back to the club.

The pair are unlikely to be the only ex-Tigers returning to the club though with both bosses expected to turn to tried and trusted players.

Chand has already spoken to Spalding pair Adam Jackson and Johnny Allen about returning to the club.

He said: “When I was last here the crowds were the best I have experienced in non-league football.

“It’s dwindled a bit so I’d like to get Carter’s Park buzzing again and I am keen to get as many of the old crazy gang back as I can. It’s important to have a few local lads in to create extra interest.”

“We want to finish as high as we can. I am aiming for the top six but some will expect us to finish higher than that.”

Appleby quit as Wisbech boss early in the season and has been playing for Sutterton Reserves in the Boston and District League.

He said: “John will want to bring in players he has worked with before and so will I, but there will be no favouritism.

“Whether it is players we bring in, or players who are already at the club, if they do the business they will be selected and if they don’t they won’t.”

“I wouldn’t say we are a management dream team, we were both lucky enough to have some good players playing for us.”

“I have fond memories of my time as a player at Holbeach and am looking forward to this challenge.”

Dougill said: “John won us the title before deciding he needed time off as he has a young family but we heard he wanted to get back into management and I would rather he did it with us than somewhere else.

“Steve is a former Holbeach player and has a good record as a manager so we hope they can take the club forward.”