BREAKING NEWS: Boston United appoint Lee and Canoville as managers

Jason Lee and Lee Canoville.
Jason Lee and Lee Canoville.

JASON Lee and Lee Canoville have been made Boston United managers on a permanent basis.

The duo were unveiled as the new management team after impressing the Pilgrims board with the way they steered the club to the Blue Square Bet North play-off semi-finals, before losing to Guiseley on penalties.

Lee and Canoville - who have both had two playing stints at York Street each, both in the Football League and non-league - were interviewed by chairman David Newton, vice-chairman Neil Kempster and director Chris Cook last night.

Newton said: “We are delighted to confirm that Jason and Lee are the club’s new management team.

“Both men have worked hard over recent weeks in steadying the ship initially and then seeing our aim of reaching the play-off final ended only by the lottery of a penalty shootout.

“We always maintained that we would take the job to the market and I would like to thank all those that applied for the position and in particular those that attended the interviews.

“This was a difficult process for us to conclude, particularly when faced with the dilemma of appointing inexperienced managers over those with a proven track record. However, we believe that Jason and Lee have demonstrated to us that they have all the right attributes to be successful and we will all do our very best to support them in their new roles.

“We wish them every success and now look forward to seeing them assemble their squad ahead of the new season.”

Former Premier League player Lee and ex-Arsenal trainee Canoville answered Newton’s SOS in March, after bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst quit the club to join Grimsby Town.

Lee said he took ‘about two seconds’ to agree to taking over the reins, believing that showed his commitment to the amber and black cause.

In their nine games in charge, the duo have led the Pilgrims to five wins, two draws and two defeats.

They also took charge of a Lincs Senior Shield final where a mixture of fringe and reserve-team players drew 0-0 with Stamford before again missing out on penalties.

In their spell with the club, the popular pairing have won over fans with the bridges they have built with the reserve side - granting Mickey Stones a step up and his first-team debut.

They also raided their contacts books to bring back keeper Paul Bastock and striker Lawrie Dudfield, both of whom proved influential in United’s impressive end-of-season form, which included victories at second-placed Telford, and at home to Guiseley - both of whom will contest Sunday’s play-off final.