Jason goes it alone as Canoville will leave Boston United

Jason Lee (left) and Lee Canoville.
Jason Lee (left) and Lee Canoville.
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JASON Lee will take full control of Boston United next season - as joint boss Lee Canoville’s stint with the club is ending due to ‘budget constraints’.

Club chairman David Newton made the decision to split up his double act, opting to stick with Lee.

“Due to budget constraints, Lee Canoville has not been offered a new managerial contract and will leave the football club at the end of the season,” Newton said, before suggesting he will be expecting a more successful campaign in 2012-13.

“Although this season has not been the success we had all hoped, I have seen Jason grow into his new management role as time has progressed.

“He understands where we have fallen short this season and what steps need to be taken next season to ensure that we are more competitive.”

Newton pointed at attendances being down 25 per cent this campaign as one of the reasons the books need to be balanced.

But Lee will be given funds to appoint an assistant.

Lee’s friend, former Pilgrim striker and Quorn manager Lawrie Dudfield will surely be among those in the running for the post.

Canoville and Lee were given joint control of the players last March, after Rob Scott and Paul Hurst quit the club for Grimsby Town.

Both on and off the pitch, the pair helped guide Boston to the Blue Square Bet North play-offs last season, where the Pilgrims were knocked out in the semi-finals on penalties against Guiseley.

But after losing the spine of the team and having to rebuild in the summer, they haven’t enjoyed the same success this campaign.

United currently sit 10th in the BSBN, with no chance of a late surge into the play-offs.

This inability to match last season’s form will be a major factor in lower attendances.

But despite opting not to renew Canoville’s contract, Newton wished him well.

He said: “I have nothing but praise for Lee.

“He is a true professional as well as a true gentleman.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with him and he will be missed at the club.”

Canoville played for the Pilgrims in the Football League between 2005 and 2007.

He then returned to the club in 2009, captaining the side to promotion from the UniBond Premier.

The 31-year-old has scored six goals in 169 appearances for the club to date.

This week, senior members of the Pilgrims’ playing squad called for Newton to end speculation and hand new contracts to the joint player-managers.

And it seems their wish has been half granted, at least.

“We’ve got a good nucleus and, most importantly, the managers who can take us forward,” said winger Ryan Semple after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Gainsborough.

Striker Spencer Weir-Daley added: “Personally, I think they deserve another year.

“It’s their first season as managers and I think they’ll have a year’s experience.

“They’ve got good and bad things to take on board.”