GRAHAM Hyde says he ‘can’t wait to get started’ in his new role as Boston United’s assistant manager.
The ex-Premier League player was approached by Jason Lee to act as his number two, and the pair clicked instantly.
“I’d known Jason for about 15 or 20 years, just by playing against him,” Hyde told The Standard.
“We met up, discussed some things and he asked me to be his assistant.
“I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait to get started.”
Hyde arrives at York Street with a firm knowledge of both of league and non-league football.
Hyde, 41, began his career with Sheffield Wednesday, where he turned out in the Premier Division.
Since then, he has carved out a career on the books of Birmingham City (who he helped gain promotion to the Premier League), Chesterfield, Peterborough, Bristol Rovers and Hereford.
In non-league, he has played for Worcester City, Hednesford, Halesowen and Fleet Town, before spending last season as manager of Redditch United.
After playing against the Pilgrims in the past, Hyde is getting involved with a side he believes has the infrastructure to return to the Football League.
“Every player, every manager, every chairman, every fan and every assistant manager wants to win promotion every season,” he added.
“I’m no different. I’m here bevause I want to do everything I can to help this club get promoted.
“Boston is a well-supported club and is probably one of the few clubs at that level with everything in place to go forward.”
Hyde admits he knows little about the players he will be coaching... citing this as a good thing.
He added: “I don’t know the players and they don’t know me so it’s a fantastic opportunity for us all to click and start off well together.
“Jason’s told me about the strengths, he says we’ve got a good squad of players who know the right way to play.”
After resigning from Redditch in May, after his first season as manager, Hyde admitted the time was right for him to quit the club.
Although he is based in Solihull, having parents living in Grimsby means the Doncaster-born midfielder can keep a foothold in the area.
After the past few seasons playing and managing in non-league, Hyde believes he has a knowledge of lower-league football.
But, at the end of the day, he is adamant that, at whatever level, he can bring something to the game.
He added: “I don’t believe people who say you need experience in non-league football to succeed, or the other way round.
“As a player, most of my CV is in the Football League.
“But at the end of the day, it’s 11 versus 11 when you get out there.
“Whether you train full time or on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s the same game and the players all want to go out and win. I disagree when people say the two levels are totally different.”