“I’ll make players feel on top of the world,” says new Boston United boss Drury

Graham Drury!
Graham Drury!

Graham Drury boldly announced himself to Boston United fans as the man who believes he can guide the Pilgrims into the play-offs.

“I can get the best out of players, I can make them feel on top of the world,” claimed the 41-year-old as he was introduced to suporters at tonight’s fans’ forum.

The new manager is not short on confidence.

He talked a good game.

He told the crowd he would get John Blackwell working overtime with seven-day approaches if he believes the squad needs strengthening.

But as he links up to train with his new players tomorrow night, the first thing is getting the best from them.

“Everyone has a clean slate,” he said.

“Everyone has the opportunity to show me what they’ve got.”

“The first thing is getting that winning mentality into the dressing room.

“They need to know they have the ability of the top teams and the desire to beat the bottom teams.”

Paul Holden will act as Drury’s number two.

After 22 years in the Armed Forces, plus spells with Gibraltar’s national team and Cystal Palace’s youth side, he linked up with Drury.

Together they have worked at Stamford and Corby.

While Drury is the motivator, Holden is the football man.

He will take training sessions with Dean West, and he has an interesting philosophy, stating: “You need soldiers and artists.

“The flair players and those with the dirty, hard-working soldier mentality.

“It’s about getting that balance right.”

But although they trio believe the balance needs addressing, Drury says he has no problems persuading players to get on board and join what he calls the ‘project’.

“Players should jump through hoops to play for this club,” he added to his opening gambit: “I’m a Lincolnshire lad, and Boston’s the biggest club in Lincolnshire.”

If Drury manages as well as he talks, this could be an interesting tenure.