BROWNE ON THE BALL: Drury’s sacking wasn’t harsh, it was true to form for David Newton

Graham Drury.
Graham Drury.

If there’s one thing we know about David Newton, it’s that he doesn’t muck about.

While King Cnut was sat on his throne watching the tide lap at his feet, the Boston United chairman would have been hiring a Dutch irrigation expert, reclaiming the area as Fenland, and then probably building a housing estate on top.

Although he admits that every dismissal he makes - in whichever business it is he is dealing with at the time - hurts him to carry out, Newton knows the dangers of sentiment.

And it was with that knowledge that, on Monday night, Boston United announced Graham Drury had been sacked.

Just 13 matches into his tenure, many thought it was too early to cut Drury adrift.

But Newton and his board of Neil Kempster and Chris Cook (we are told everything at York Street is run democratically) stuck to their guns.

Jason Lee left after a run of six matches without victory, so it would only be fair that the man who succeeded him was not indulged to any greater extend.

Ok, Drury’s run was seven without a win, but perhaps he would have gone a game earlier had that defeat at Harrogate not had some fight in it.

In his short but sharp statement on Drury’s dismissal, Newton pointed to ‘results’.

I would guess that the fans’ reaction following Saturday’s defeat to Vauxhall Motors, alongside further low attendances, will have made the decision easier to come to.

But those managers Newton has let go - Lee, Drury and Tommy Taylor - all lost their jobs because the club wasn’t as high up the league table as had been expected.

So what of Graham Drury? Well, he and Boston United just didn’t click, did they? From the start he wasn’t helped by a small band of fans who took against him.

But it was up to him to prove those people wrong.

Instead, that small number of dissenting vioces increased with every poor result.

The loss of assistant Paul Holden, suffering a heart attack 24 hours before he was meant to take his place in the dug-out for the first time, didn’t help. But the decisions to release the likes of Gary Silk, Gareth Jelleyman and Jason Stokes - favourites on the terraces - backfired.

Graham Drury’s legacy at Boston United will be one of regression.

But not everything he did was bad. If they remain here, I’m sure Anton Foster, Phil Watt, Jason Field and Paul Lister can all be very good additions to the squad.

Following Saturday’s defeat to Vauxhall Motors, Drury came out and joked that fans should bring ‘eggs and oranges to throw at me’ ahead of last night’s match against Gloucester City.

They never got their chance, although many were infuriated by what they saw at Drury making light of a losing position.

Personally, I have to say I admired his strength to take the abuse on the chin and his ability to produce that very British trait of keeping the stiff upper lip in times of crisis.

He was also extremely knowledgeable about the opposition, much more so than any other United manager I have ever dealt with.

However, the brand of football he brought to Boston was as terrible to watch as the results they cultivated.

Drury has never been shy in telling us he is a fighter.

I’m sure he’ll return to football very soon and begin repairing what has become - around here, at least - a damaged reputation.

I hope he and Boston United can both go on to better things.

Maybe one day both parties can look back at this chapter with a rye smile.

But now it’s your turn Dennis Greene.