Title-winning boss Chand in Tigers comeback

Title-winning boss John Chand is back at Holbeach Utd, this time as joint manager with Steve Appleby.  ENGANL00120120930105449
Title-winning boss John Chand is back at Holbeach Utd, this time as joint manager with Steve Appleby. ENGANL00120120930105449
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Holbeach United have moved swiftly to replace departed boss Glen Maddison with a dream team partnership of John Chand and Steve Appleby as joint managers.

Maddison quit on Tuesday after only one season in charge of the Tigers, having replaced Chand when he stepped down after leading them to the UCL Premier Division title a year ago.

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Steve Appleby. ENGANL00220121009053524

Backroom staff members Mark Melson and Nick Bishop decided to join Maddison in stepping down after a meeting with chairman Dave Dougill and secretary Adam Kirk, stating their position was untenable.

But they have now been replaced 24 hours later by two ex-Tigers and Dougill has high hopes of the pairing taking the club forward, although he warns fans not to expect too much too soon.

Dougill said: “They are both well-proven at this level but I am not silly enough to think we are going to win the title.

“We hope to finish higher than we did this season but we are not going to spend big money chasing success on the pitch.

“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 having won the league with Wisbech so we hope they can take the club forward.

“Glen did very well to steady the ship and achieve a mid-table position and we are grateful to him for everything he did for the club.

“Now we are honoured to have two managers of John and Steve’s experience able to come into the club so soon and we wish them all the best for the new season.”