Boston United chairman Newton backs ‘winner’ Greene to deliver

David Newton.
David Newton.

Pilgrims chairman David Newton has praised manager Dennis Greene, stating he is ‘achieving way beyond the budget’.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at North Ferriby United, Newton was asked whether he had considered dismissing his manager during Boston United’s slow start to the season.

“Not at all,” said Newton, giving an emphatic defence of Greene, and reflecting upon the previous season’s successes. “It’s only a few weeks since we were in the play-offs.”

After United’s penalty shootout defeat to Chorley in last season’s play-off semi-final, expectation was high as United kicked off the current campaign.

But things didn’t go to plan for the injury-hit side, with Boston losing their opening two fixtures and going on a run where they claimed just one victory in seven matches, including an FA Cup defeat at Gainsborough Trinity.

This caused some dissatisfaction from the Pilgrims fans, but Newton says he never considered changing his manager.

He added: “It’s ridiculous I have to say, not in any way, shape or form.

“Dennis is a winner and I had every belief he would turn it around.

“He’s made some changes and I’m happy with what we’re doing.

“Dennis is achieving way beyond the budget.

“What I did stress to him when things weren’t going as well was ‘don’t worry about your job’.

“You don’t want to be under pressure and thinking you’ll lose your job.”

Newton, who also mentioned that the club remain ‘on course’ to begin work on their proposed new Quadrant stadium next year, also gave an insight into his working relationship with the manager.

He added: “My view is that his job is to sort the team out and I’ll look after the business side.

“We talk about the players’ budget but the players he brings in are absolutely his choice.

“I’ll never understand how a chairman wants to choose a player because that’s his field, not mine.

“I don’t want him working on ticket prices.”