Lee eyes up his bit on the side! Boston United boss happy to drop himself

Jason Lee.
Jason Lee.

Lee believes that dropping himself from the Boston United line-up will help him become a better manager.

The Pilgrims’ joint-boss is in his first full season of management, after teaming up with Lee Canoville for the club’s final 16 games of last season.

But through necessity this campaign, the former Premier League striker has reluctantly had to play himself in 23 of the 34 matches before last night’s fixture at Colwyn Bay.

And despite being the club’s second-highest scorer with seven goals, he now feels he can get on with his main job, following the signings of Spencer Weir-Daley and Leon Constantine.

“As much as I’ve enjoyed playing, first and foremost I’m a manager,” said Lee.

“I need to be able to stand and see what’s going on and I’ve only been able to see the games (I’m playing in) by watching DVDs.”

With Lee and Canoville both playing this season, often the view from the sidelines has been provided by fitness coach Ian Freeman.

But now Lee hopes he can have more of an impact during games.

He added: “It’s different when you’re in the game, playing the game.

“You get caught up with all the emotion.

“I’m able to help the boys by being on the side. There I can implement ways to improve them.

“On a match day you need to see if people are pulling their weight - or if they need to do that more.”

However, 40-year-old Lee says he is still available if the side want to revert back to using a target man, stating: “I’m not far away and I’m keeping fit. I’m there if I’m needed.

“But I think at Boston in the long term we’re looking to bring in players who can play here in the future.”

On Saturday, the Pilgrims face Worcester City for the first time this campaign (KO 3pm).

Last season, Shaun Pearson scored the winner in the 1-0 Blue Square Bet North home clash against the Royals.

However, City twice stunned United, knocking them out of the FA Cup with a late 3-2 win in Boston, also beating them 2-0 in their home league fixture.