How’s life after Jason Lee? Well, so far, not very good at all.
Of course, it is far too early to say how the season will pan out after the sacking of the Boston United boss.
But just one game after he received the phone call from chairman David Newton and the Pilgrims put in their worst performance of the season to date as they were thumped at Vauxhall Motors.
To be frank, it was so bad that Fred Karno’s Army and the Keystone Cops would have pointed their fingers and laughed loudly.
The Pilgrims’ winless run stretched to seven matches after a first-half horror show.
The hosts scored all four goals within the opening 35 minutes as the Pilgrim were just plain terrible.
Caretaker boss Graham Hyde’s tenure in the Boston hotseat started badly, even before a ball was kicked.
In the warm-up keeper Dan Haystead pulled up with a foot injury, to be replaced by Ricky Drury.
But things went from bad to terrible as the hosts shot into a 12th-minute lead.
Drury had already spilled Craig Mahon’s soft strike before Tom Rutter fired Motors into a 12th-minute lead with a low strike from the left-hand side of the penalty area.
And the same man was on target two minutes later, prodding beyond Drury from eight yards out.
The goal owed plenty to good advantage play from referee Darren England, who let Motors continue on the attack following Jack Andrews’ foul on Mahon.
The Pilgrims should have reduced the arrears as Spencer Weir-Daley somehow forced a free header wide from close range.
And it was a miss that came back to haunt the Pilgrims on 23 mintes as Vauxhall made it 3-0.
Dan Fearnehough was granted an empty net to head into after Drury could only parry Steve Wainwright’s cross, which looked like it was creeping into the top corner.
And then it was four.
With just 34 minutes gone, Ashley Stott got his name on the scoresheet, converting another close-range header, after a strike rebounded kindly off Drury’s crossbar.
And then more woe for Boston as the injured Ian Ross was replaced by Mark Jones.
After the interval, Mahon almost added to the score but a well-worked dead ball move saw Drury deny him with a firm hand.
Stott should have added to the score when put through on goal, but his pacy run ended with a shot that was curled off target from eight yards out.
In a rare foray forward, Marc Newsham fired well over for Boston.
In the 58th minute, Vauxhall made their own keeper change as the injured Ellison - who hadn’t had a shot to save - was replaced by Zac Jones.
Boston had a great opportunity to pull a goal back after Newsham was slipped in by Ben Fairclough, but stand-in stopper Jones stood firm to block his effort.
It really should have been 5-0 on 70 minutes whern Motors were awarded apenalty, following Gareth Jelleyman’s handball.
But Louis Barnes’ strike rattled the Boston post before bouncing away from danger.
Then, at the death, Stott wasted another golden opportunityt, firing straight at Drury from six yards out as the Pilgrims’ defence again fell apart.
In summary: Boston were dreadful and 4-0 was kind.
Their biggest saving grace of the day being that such an abject showing was in Ellesmere Port in front of just 172 fans, and not at York Street.
Motors: Ellison (Jones 59), Wainwright, Hannigan, Nicholas, Barnes, Mahon (Moss 72), Fearnehough, Noone (Clair 82), Thompson, Stott, Rutter; Subs (not used): Burns, Kocsis.
UNITED: Drury, Marshall, Stainfield, Jelleyman, Andrews (Silk 46), Fairclough, Milnes, Ross (Jones 38), Stokes (Reed 67), Newsham, Weir-Daley; Subs (not used): Ward, Smith.
Ref: Darren England