Newton makes two approaches for Pilgrims hotseat

Newton, with Scott and Hurst in happier days
Newton, with Scott and Hurst in happier days

PILGRIMS Chairman Newton has approached two parties he believes can take over the vacant managerial role at Boston United today (Wednesday).

Rob Scott and Paul Hurst handed in their resignations this morning, and will be unveiled as Grimsby Town’s new bosses tomorrow.

This has left the Pilgrims chairman is a race against time to find a new boss to fill the vacant seat in the dug-out between now and Saturday’s trip to Solihull Moors.

It was hoped a new boss could be unveiled to the squad as they meet for training this evening.

“The situation is, at the moment, that we are meeting with the players at training tonight,” Newton said.

“We have approached two people about the position until the end of the season.

“I don’t wish to mention names.” Newton wouldn’t even hint as to whether the people he has approached were internal or external.

However, if his offers fail to come up trumps then Newton does have a back up plan.

“It could be me an Neil (Kempster, vice-chairman) as joint managers on Saturday,” he joked.

Whoever takes on the role will be inheriting a squad second in the Blue Square Bet North (until tonight’s round of matches are played, at least), who are also in a county cup final.

They may also have some additional players at their disposal as Newton and Kempster are currently in discussions with Darlington and Rotherham about extending the loans of Kevin Austin, Grant Darley and Jamie Green.

Among the names being speculated upon for the Pilgrims role care reserve team boss Glen Maddison, Jim Gannon, the former Port Vale and Stockport boss, Steve Thompson, the ex-Boston defender and former Sheffield United and Southend manager.

Thompson has also worked with Lee Canoville and Spencer Weir-Daley at Notts County.

Canoville’s name has also been mentioned on some club forums, but a 30-year-old still on the playing staff would seem an unlikely choice, as would head of youth Steve Welsh, who oversaw first team matters after the sacking of Tommy Taylor.

And with Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore being let go on Monday, maybe he would like a swift return to football until the end of the season?