Dennis Greene’s first team talk as Boston United boss saw him tell the players to turn their form around... or start looking for a ‘lesser’ club to play for.
But the instructions worked as the Pilgrims beat Gloucester City 4-0.
Greene was appointed on Monday evening and met his squad for the first time approximately and hour before kick off last night.
But that didn’t stop him from pulling any punches.
When asked what words he chose to inspire United to their first win in eight matches, he said: “It was along the lines of ‘you’ve got to take responsibility’,” he told The Standard.
“’This is a great football club and you shouldn’t be going through three managers in one season.’
“Have both managers got it wrong? They (the players) should have done a lot more than what they’ve done.
“I said I’m here for 10 games, and outside of the National Conference I can’t think of many places better than this.
“So, if they’re leaving here they’ll be going to a lesser club.
“I told them ‘If you want to stay at this football club then you’ve got 10 games to show you want to be here’.
“They worked their socks off and they deserved to win.”
The 4-0 victory was not as convincing as the scoreline suggests, with the Tigers dominating the early chances but failing to convert.
After that, Boston grew in confidence and two goals from Spencer Weir-Daley, plus finishes from Ben Fairclough and Conor Marshall - his first for the club - settled the score.
“I’m obviously really pleased with a 4-0 victory,” Greene added.
“We rode our luck and then we gradually grew into the game.
“They probably had four chances and missed four.
“We had five or six chances and scored four.
“I’m pleased for a first game with a clean sheet, four goals and three points.”
Greene’s appointment was so swift that he admitted that it wasn’t just the players who didn’t know too much about the new manager last night.. the same could be said for the stewards.
Greene added: “I’ve had no real proper time to prepare. It’s been a flash.
“They stopped me at the gate and I said ‘I’m the new manager, Dennis’.
“Hopefully, they’ll recognise me and let me in on the gate next week.”