New Boston Town boss Angel eyes a return to glory

Mark Angel.
Mark Angel.

Mark Angel wants to bring the glory days back to Boston Town.

The 39-year-old was unveiled as the Poachers’ new manager last week.

And although Angel - who made 96 appearances and scored 10 goals for Boston United between 2001 and 2004, helping them win promotion to the Football League - is new to life in the dug-out, he says he will always want to be a winner.

“I went down to have a chat with (chairman) Mick Vines and (director) Lori Borbely and left deciding I wanted to manage Boston Town,” the former West Brom and Oxford United player said.

“I’ve got some good memories from playing in Boston, and I’d like to have some more as a manager.

“I don’t see why we can’t do well.”

While Angel is planning to turn the Poachers into a UCL Premier force, Town will be more keen on creating stability at the DWB Stadium after seeing four different managers take the reins over the past two seasons.

Angel met the club’s current squad on Thursday evening.

And despite admitting not knowing too much about the players at his disposal, Angel’s assistant and ex-Pilgrims teammate Daryl Clare will be able to act as a go-between, having played for the club last season.

But what type of manager will Angel be?

“I’d like to take a little bit from all the managers I’ve played under,” said the 39-year-old.

“I played under Steve Evans at Boston, he was a good motivator and got the best out of players.

“Brian Little, at West Brom, was a quiet guy but a good manager.

“And Peter Reid was a good manager as well.

“I must admit, I’m not a great believer in balling at players.

“I want to be a man-manager and try to bring the best out of the players.”

Angel says he is currently attempting to bring a handful of new signings to the DWB Stadium, and hasn’t ruled out pulling on the boots himself.

“You never know,” he added. “I’ll put myself through it in pre-season.

“It may take me eight months for me to get match fit these days, but I’ll be ready if I’m needed.”