BREAKING: Lee to take sole control of Boston United as Canoville departs.

Jason Lee has got the gig while Lee Canoville (below) will depart.
Jason Lee has got the gig while Lee Canoville (below) will depart.

JASON Lee will become Boston United’s sole manager next season - due to ‘budget constraints’.

This means joint boss Lee Canoville will leave the club at the end of the campaign.

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“I can confirm that Jason Lee has been appointed first team manager for the coming season,” said chairman David Newton.

“Due to budget constraints, Lee Canoville has not been offered a new managerial contract and will leave the football club at the end of the season.

“Lee has been an influential player for the club and has worked very hard in his dual role this season.”

Canoville, whose contract was expiring this summer, was coy when asked about his position at the club on Saturday, following the 2-1 defeat to Gainsborough.

He said: “I don’t want to comment on anything like that, we’ve still got games to play and we’re going to concentrate on those two matches.

“It hurts when you lose games and we want to make sure we finish the season right.

“It was an opportunity for us to come in this season. We’ve learned a lot and at times it’s been tough.”

Whether or not he knew at the time that his tenure was coming to an end is unclear.

However, with the 31-year-old’s departure confirmed, Newton had nothing but praise for the defender, who captained the club to promotion from the UniBond Premier in 2010.

“I have nothing but praise for Lee. He is a true professional as well as a true gentleman,” Newton added.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with him and he will be missed at the club.”

Newton has also given his full backing to Lee.

He added: “Although this season has not been the success we had all hoped, I have seen Jason grow into his new management role as time has progressed.

“He understands where we have fallen short this season and what steps need to be taken next season to ensure that we are more competitive.

“This will be against a continued background of budget restraint that is necessary as we continue to move the club forward to financial stability.

“Attendances are down over 25 percent on last season which is understandable given the current economic climate and the fact that we were not challenging at the top of the table this season, but of course it does have a negative impact on the finances.

“I would urge as many fans as possible to support Jason and I can assure you we will all be working hard to deliver a more successful season on the pitch.

“Jason will be appointing a new assistant over the coming weeks and squad announcements will follow as players are signed.

“Continuity is important and Jason’s appointment will give him time to further refine the squad and his management team, which will hopefully deliver the success that he desperately wants to deliver for our beloved football club.”

Canoville, who played for the Pilgrims between 2005 and 2007, returned to The Jakemans Stadium in the summer of 2009 and captained the Pilgrims’ side which won promotion via the UniBond Premier League play-offs in 2010 — and reached the play-offs in Blue Square Bet North last season.

The 31-year-old has currently scored six goals in 169 appearances for the club.