Drury was not the favourite to land Boston United job, admits chairman

Drury (left) and Newton.
Drury (left) and Newton.

Pilgrims chairman David Newton says he was won over by Graham Drury’s enthusiasm and knowledge.

And the Boston United owner believes his latest appointment is the manager who can take the club back to the top level of non-league football.

“He wasn’t on the top of my list until we interviewed,” admitted Newton, after unveiling Drury, and his assistants Paul Holden and Dean West as the triumvirate to replace Jason Lee and Graham Hyde.

“He was well prepared and had analysed our squad.

“He demonstrated a real desire to manage Boston United, and that was way more than anyone else demonstrated.”

Newton had previously stated that he wanted to appoint a man capable of getting the side into the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.

And with the Pilgrims just five points off the coveted spots, Drury’s task is not impossible.

However, Newton’s tune has changed alittle as he now looks to the future.

He added: “I’m not looking for a quick fix, I want someone to move us in the right direction long term.”

The chairman has also revealed that he has been holding positive talks with Boston Borough Council about relocating the club to an out-of-town venue.

He hopes to present a planning application within six months.

The York Street ground is owned by the Malkinson family, who also own the adjacent Gliderdrome site.

Boston have five years remaining on their lease, which would be enough to be accepted into the Blue Square Premier.