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FOOTBALL: Happy return for Tigers boss Hussey

Danny Hussey feels honoured to be back home as Holbeach United's new manager.

He returned to Carter's Park following his departure from Stamford and the resignation of Seb Hayes who spent just over two years in charge of the Tigers.

Holbeach are currently fifth in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division.

Danny Hussey is back at Carter's Park
Danny Hussey is back at Carter's Park

Hussey can also look forward to a couple of home semi-finals with the chance of winning silverware in the second half of the season.

He said: "I remember making my first-team debut for Holbeach as a 16-year-old.

"I grew up in the town and only moved away in my 20s due to work. Now I'm 43 and back home as the manager.

"I know a lot of people behind the scenes and supporters who were watching me as a player.

"This feels like a great fit with the support of Tim Cole and Adam Jackson plus Phil Barnes in the reserves.

"Seb did so well putting everything in place and I'll probably only need to make a few tweaks for my own style.

"It's important to keep some continuity here and keep the lads focused.

"We want to finish as high up the table as possible and we could also reach two cup finals so the season is certainly not over.

"I'm fully on board with the link between the first team, reserves and under-18s.

"Unlike some clubs who will pay silly money, Holbeach must utilise youth players and reserves.

"If these lads are doing well and deserve an opportunity, they will get one. I was in that situation at 16.

"The league table looks close between third and sixth so we certainly want to be challenging. We don't want to drop down from that group behind the top two.

"I've worked as a number two at Deeping Rangers, Spalding United and Stamford.

"I've seen different ways of being the manager. I'll take the best parts into this role. I'm looking forward to it.

"Hopefully I can also help Tim and Adam because I was in their position a few years ago. We'll work together, learn from each other and develop."

New manager Danny Hussey with player-coach Adam Jackson and assistant Tim Cole
New manager Danny Hussey with player-coach Adam Jackson and assistant Tim Cole

Work commitments forced Hussey to leave Stamford - but feels ready to take on the challenge at Holbeach alongside assistant manager Cole and player-coach Jackson.

Hussey explained: "I was struggling to make both training nights at Stamford every work so I told Graham Drury that it would be in our best interests for somebody else to come in.

"We spent a couple of weeks trying to find the best fit and I worked towards New Year's Day when I said goodbye to all the lads.

"Coincidentally at the same time, I was told Seb had left Holbeach. I had a think about it and asked a few questions in terms of whether I could do a proper job here.

"I had an interview and went away happy. I was confident and, after speaking to the other candidates, the club called me the next day to offer the job. I'm excited and honoured to be here."


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