BOSTON United have appointed Jason Lee and Lee Canoville as their new managers.
Chairman David Newton moved swiftly to get the duo - both Pilgrims players this campaign - on board after Rob Scott and Paul Hurst quit the club to join Blue Square Bet Premier side Grimsby Town.
Seven days may well be a long time in politics, but 12 hours in football is ample time to fill a void in the dug out.
Yesterday morning United fans were reeling at the news that Scott and Hurst - who had steered Boston to promotion from the UniBond Premier last season - had quit the club.
However, Newton and vice-chairman Neil Kempster acted quickly, appointing former Nottingham Forest player Lee and ex-Arsenal trainee Canoville, unveiling the new gaffers to the players at a special meeting in Sleaford last night before the new bosses took in the second half of the Reserves’ home victory against Hykeham Town.
“It’s all happened very quickly,” said Lee.
“Obviously there was speculation with the previous joint managers and then I got a a call this morning from both Lee and chairman, and I guessed what it was about very quickly.
“We’ve agreed to do the job until the end of the season.
“We’ve gone continental - we’ve been called joint coaches, but effectively we’re the gaffers.”
Canoville and Lee have a personal relationship going back to 2005 when the pair were teammates at York Street, plying their tarde in League Two.
After leaving Boston, the duo linked up again at Notts County, under former United defender Steve Thompson.
Although neither have any managerial experience, they have both enjoyed long successful careers in the game and, more importantly, know the United dressing room well, having both turned out for the club this season.
“It was a little bit weirds this morning,” admitted Canoville, who will continue to wear the captain’s armband on the field, with Lee watching from the sidelines.
“I went from not having a manager to becoming one.” However, with United currently second in the Blue Square Bet North, Canoville is relishing the challenge.
“The aim is to keep our winning run going,” he added.
“This is a great thing to inherit, hopefully we’ve cemented our place in the play-off positions.
“We’ve got to keep things going for our final seven games and, hopefully, in the play-offs on top of that.” Canoville also backed his mate to do the busines on the sidelines, adding: “When Jase came in earlier in the season he was a massive influence on the lads, to have him in as manager as well help.
“Everyone reespects Jason for what he’s done in the game.”
Both Canoville and Lee have day jobs working as football coaches, Lee with the junior ranks at Forest, while Canoiville coaches at schools in the Nottingham area.
But can they make the step up to the senior game? Time will tell, beginning at Solihull Moors on Saturday.