GLEN Maddison has described leaving Boston United Reserves to manage Sleaford Town as a ‘tremendous challenge’.
On Friday it was announced that Maddison had left York Street, following a successful two-year spell with the Pilgrims.
He now returns to the Eslaforde Stadium, where he formerly ran the club’s second string.
Looking forward to stepping up two levels to boss things at United Counties League Premier level, Maddison said: “I do like to push myself and this is a tremendous challenge.
“Having managed clubs in the Lincolnshire League for the past decade or so and won virtually everything available, I really did need to test myself further.
“I am familiar with the Sleaford set-up and do feel an affinity with the club, so for me it was a logical move.”
Maddison won the Lincs League as a player with Wyberton before joining Horncastle Town as Mick Jones’ assistant.
He helped guide Town to the Lincolnshire Senior B Cup in 2005 and the Supplementary Cup in 2007.
He then moved to take charge of Sleaford’s second string before taking over the reformed Boston United reserves in 2010.
There he guided his newly-assembled team to the Lincs League title.
However, with the likes of Micky Stones, Tom Ward and James Reed being promoted to the first team, the Pilgrims couldn’t repeat the feat.
Maddison now faces a different task with Sleaford, who don’t have the financial clout of many sides in their division.
What are his aspirations?
“Winning the title would be good” he remarked with tongue in cheek.
“Seriously, I believe there is a nucleus of good players but with no cash to attract others to improve the overall quality, it will not be easy.
“Anything outside the bottom five would be satisfying, but it would be my aim to equal the previous best of mid-table whilst winning a couple of FA Vase or FA Cup ties.”
Maddison takes over from retiring boss Brian Rowland, who had been in the Sleaford dug-out for 32 years.