It took just seconds for Boston United chairman David Newton to introduce Graham Drury as his new manager... before cracking a joke or two at his expense.
“I wanted someone tall, dark and handsome, so he didn’t have everything,” said Newton of his latest employee.
“We looked at managers and we drew the short straw... the very short straw.”
Ok, so Drury may not be the tallest man in the world, he conceded himself he got into management because he was too diminutive to play the game at a high (no pun) level.
But what Drury lacks in height, he makes up for in enthusiasm.
What he does is think big.
“I want to manage in the Conference Premier, and this is the club that can take me there,” he said at tonight’s fans’ forum.
He’s got his eye on a top five finish this season.
He’s got his eye on a few players.
He’s already impressed the board.
Of course, it was Drury whose interview impressed Newton enough to give him the job.
“He wasn’t the top of my list, until we interviewed,” Newton admitted.
“He was well prepared and had analysed our squad.
“We looked at his stats and they compare favourably.
“He demonstrated a real desire to manage Boston United and that was way more than anyone else demonstrated.”
But Newton’s greatest praise was the comparisons to ex-bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst, the last managers to bring this club promotion.
“I haven’t felt like this since we interviewed Rob and Paul,” Newton stated.
He’ll never make it as a stand-up comedian, but Newton is a shrewd chairman.
Could this be his shrewdest move yet?