Boston United will unveil their new manager today and chairman David Newton is ‘delighted’ with his options

David Newton.
David Newton.

Boston United are set to announce their new manager today... and chairman David Newton says he has just been through the strongest list of applicants he’s ever seen for the job.

This is the fourth time the Pilgrims chairman has had to appoint a full-time manager in his little more than five years with the club.

“I think it’s probably the best interview list that we’ve had,” Newton told The Standard.

“I’m delighted really.

“It’s given us some options, whereas historically we’ve really only ended up with, we felt, one option.

“Now we feel we’ve got two or three.”

Newton added: “The calibre (of applicants) has been pleasing, we’re looking for somebody with experience.

“Somebody who’s got a track record.

“We’re interviewing six and they’re all strong candidates.”

Although keeping his cards close to his chest, Newton says he has has a couple of applicants he believes are his favourites.

Speaking before his final interview, he continued: “We’ve done five already and we’ve got one stand-out candidate, two maybe.

“It’s not cut-and-dry but it’s a good position to be in.”

However, after choosing the man he wants for the gig, the chairman and the board (Neil Kempster and Chris Cook) must then agree finances with the incoming boss.

And Newton says there will be no additional funds.

“We haven’t agreed terms with anybody,” he said.

“There’s a budget and, the way we work it, the manager and backroom staff come out of that.

“The more we pay him the less playing budget we have.”

But who are the managers on the shortlist?
Newton has again refused to drop any hints.

However, ex-Histon boss Dennis Greene was in the stands to watch Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Histon.

Graham Hyde, who took charge of the team at the weekend has also thrown his hat into the ring.

Ex-Grantham Town bosses Wayne Hallcro and Jimmy Albans have stated they are interested in the position.

Meanwhile, speculation in Boston has also linked ex-Luton Town manager Gary Brabin and Graham Drury, currently at Stamford, with the job.