KERN Miller has become the first member of Boston United’s squad to feel the wrath of manager Jason Lee.
The central defender was axed on Sunday, the first player to be shown the door this season as the boss gets tough with his hit-and-miss squad.
The writing was on the wall for Miller when he was omitted from the squad which won 2-0 at Colwyn Bay on Saturday.
But prior to that he had started all eight competitive matches for the Pilgrims this season.
Lee said he was moving the player on as he bids to strengthen his side.
“I need to free up some funds to manoeuvre in the transfer market,” he said.
After four straight defeats prior to the weekend, Miller’s departure could be seen as the defender being made a scapegoat for the recent poor results.
However, a dip in form and – according to some inside the Pilgrims dressing room – a poor attitude helped Lee make up his mind.
Miller was handed a deal in the summer after impressing on trial, with the defender stating he was finally hoping for some stability in his career.
Aged 21, Boston was his seventh club.
He had previously been on the books of Football League outfits Lincoln City, Barnsley, Accrington Stanley and Hereford, but managed just three first-team performances at those four clubs.
He also turned out once for Gainsborough Trinity last season and eight times for Worksop.
Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is now one of several bosses interested in snapping up the free agent.
Who Jason Lee wants to bring in to replace Miller is unknown, although he still has Tom Ward, Nathan Stainfield, Matt Wilson and Travis Munn able to play in the heart of defence.
United have been handed a home draw in the FA Cup.
On September 22 they will host the winner of last night’s replay between Kettering Town and Wisbech Town.
l FORMER Boston United boss Steve Evans was hit with a six-match stadium ban and fined £3,000 on Monday.
That came after he was found guilty of using ‘abusive and insulting words and behaviour’ towards a female member of Bradford City’s staff following a match on March 27, while Crawley Town manager.
Evans - who was given a suspended prison sentence for making illegal player payments during his time as Boston boss - is now in charge of League Two Rotherham.
Evans will not be appealing the outcome of the FA hearing, meaning it begins with immediate effect.