It only takes a minute David! Applications for vacant Boston United manager’s job come in thick and fast

Graham Hyde (right) has been invited to apply for Jason Lee's old job.
Graham Hyde (right) has been invited to apply for Jason Lee's old job.

Chairman David Newton says the Boston United job is so coveted that it took just ‘minutes’ for his first application to be submitted, following the sacking of Jason Lee.

“With the power of the internet, it was literally minutes before I had the first call,” said Newton.

“We’ve got some good applicants, we’re into double figures.

“We expect that to increase.”

Despite hoping to get a manager in place for Saturday’s Blue Square Bet North match against Droylsden, Newton says he will not rush into an appointment.

He maintains he must get the right man for the job.

The club’s stringent appointment process is also another reason why a decision can not always be made quickly.

Instead of chasing a manager he wants to do the job, Newton instead only looks at applications sent to the club.

The board then make a shortlist of four or five applicants he hopes to interview.

Then, after hearing what each interested party believes they can bring to the club, the board make their decision.

“I’m not going to rush into anything,” Newton added.

“It’d be great to have somebody in for next Saturday, that is the aim.

“But we will be measured in what we do.

“With a bit of luck we’ll be interviewing this week and it would be nice to have someone in place for Saturday.”

Newton stated: “We haven’t identified anybody. I’m not going after anybody.”

This statement makes a mockery of claims around non-league circles that certain men are favourites for the gig.

It is this process which saw Tommy Taylor and Rob Scott and Paul Hurst appointed.

And on both occasions, neither appointments had their names banded about in terms of speculation.

Lee and Canoville’s appointment as joint bosses was speedier, as Newton believes he needed to make a swift appointment following Scott and Hurst’s quick exit to Grimsby Town.

This time around Dennis Greene, recently with Histon, Gary Stechell (King’s Lynn) and joint-managers Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro, recently at Grantham Town, are among those to have had their names linked with the role.

But the real answer is that nobody knows who will be the new manager, because Newton and the board don’t even have a clue yet.

They haven’t even begun interviewing.

The range of hopefuls throwing their hat into the ring is, as always, varied.

And of course there are always those who apply, stating they have had success on computer games such as Championship Manager.

“We’ve got everybody from one or two with no experience who want to get into management, right up to people who have had success,” Newton said.

“As usual, it’s a range.

“With got the football game players as well.”

But the main thing Newton wants is someone who can get the best out of the budget.

Lee claims he was handed a ‘mid-table’ budget, but his former chairman disagrees.

He added: “We won’t win the league on it, but we believe it’s good enough for the play-offs.

“It’s a tough job to say (where the budget lies). We (chairmen) don’t often talk about it.

“Some tell you and some you don’t believe.

“It’ll certainly be top five or six budget anyway.

“It’s not all about budget, it’s about how you use the budget.

“We nearly got relegated, then Rob and Paul came in.

“We dropped the budget 30 per cent and then we got promoted.

“That’s what you look for. Someone with the ability to bring players in and move players out.

“Sometimes you have contracted players who aren’t doing it and it’s tough to move them out.”

Hyde, who took charge of the side which lost 4-0 at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday has also been invited to apply.

The ex-Sheffield Wednesday midfielder joined as Lee’s number two at the start of the campaign.

He will take training tonight and, if a boss isn’t appointed before the weekend, he will again pick the side, with reserve team manager Martyn Bunce acting as his number two.

However, even if the club do get the right man, they will still have one final hurdle to try to clear.

“If the man we want is contracted to a club we will deal with that in the appropriate manner,” Newton said.

“And we also have to agree terms before anyone is appointed.”