BOSTON United defender Tom Ward believes the new-look Jason Lee can bring the best out of the Pilgrims.
Throughout his playing career, Lee cut a ferocious figure on the turf, never shirking a battle.
But on the sidelines, the United manager has been more of a laid-back man... until now.
Last season - Lee’s first full campaign in the dug-out – he refused to criticise his young charges, believing that talking them through errors and defeats could help them to improve.
But this campaign, the Boston boss has been more of an outspoken presence on the sidelines, screaming his players on and giving the officials the kind of verbal bashings he was known for as a player.
“He’s more like he used to be on the pitch,” Ward told The Standard.
“He knows what he wants and he’s demanding it.
“I prefer it. He puts us where he wants us to be and we respond to that.
“We know he’s a passionate person, I was lucky enough to play with him here.
“He’s passionate on the pitch and behind the scenes, but there’s more animation to him now.
“It drives you on.”
Ward has had to watch frustratingly from the stands as Boston made a good start to their Blue Square Bet North campaign, beating Droylsden 1-0 and Histon 6-0.
But things have gone the other way this week, with narrow defeats to Hinckley (2-1) and Bishop’s Stortford (1-0) in the space on three days.
With his ankle injury improving, the 21-year-old defender believes he can soon be back in contention for a starting place.
He has trained on the pitch with his teammates in the build-up to the past two matches, something which has put a smile on his face.
He added: “I’m definitely one who’d rather be involved on the pitcth with the lads.
“I fancy myself to always be in contention for a place (when fit).
“I’ve completed a full warm-up and that felt good to kick a ball again.
United host Workington on Saturday (KO 3pm), before travelling to face newly-promoted Oxford City on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).