TIGERS: Chand turns down Boston Town job

Close call: Chand has turned down the manager's job at Boston Town
Close call: Chand has turned down the manager's job at Boston Town
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Update: Thursday, 2.30pm: Holbeach United manager John Chand is staying put at Carter’s Park.

He informed the Spalding Guardian shortly before announcing the news on Twitter.

Chand said: “I was very flattered by being offered the job, but I think they respect my decision to remain loyal to Holbeach.

“I have a three-year plan in place which I’m keen to continue with.”

It was the first time Chand had spoken publicly about the role at Tattershall Road.

This week he remained tight-lipped as speculation mounted that he would be leaving Carter’s Park.

Then Chand (32) told his followers on Twitter: “I can confirm that I’m staying at Holbeach United next season. Rumours that I had left were not true and I hope this puts an end to it.”

He met with players and Tigers chairman Dave Dougill last night and will now want to quickly turn his attention to assembling next season’s squad, particularly in light of losing midfielder Luke Kennedy to rivals Spalding United.

Thursday, 9am: John Chand has privately admitted that he is interested in the vacant manager’s job at Boston Town.

The successful Tigers chief is very ambitious too and the prospect of reviving the fortunes of his hometown United Counties League side has turned his head.

Equally, the Poachers would do well to appoint someone whose stock in the managerial game is rising.

Last season was Chand’s first full campaign in charge of the Tigers, taking a club tipped for relegation to a top-five finish in the league and steering them to Lincs FA Senior Shield success.

Speculation that Chand would be installed at Boston Town has been mounting all week. At least one tweet to the 32-year-old even went as far as congratulating him on getting the job.

But as we went to press yesterday that was not the case, although the man himself was tightlipped.

Chand was first linked with the job last September while sacked Martyn Lakin was still in post. Poachers chairman Mick Vine then rubbished the rumours – now resurfacing.