Guy Hayes says his focus is on finishing season strongly after being appointed new boss at Debenham LC
New Debenham LC boss Guy Hayes wants to focus on finishing the season on a high, writes Alex Moss.
Hayes was unveiled as the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North club’s new manager earlier this week, taking over from Leon Moore, who stepped down at the end of last month.
The former Team Bury chief had been Moore’s assistant, before filling in as interim boss for the last two games, and was then offered the role at Friends Meadow on a permanent basis.
And while Hayes is keen to help build the infrastructure at the club, with the prospect of a new reserves side forming in 2019/20, he insists his number one priority is the remainder of the current campaign.
“Looking at the infrastructure of the club, I know they want to improve it and there’s talk about bringing in a reserves side next season,” Hayes said.
“My focus right now is on the remaining three months of the season and to be as competitive as possible.
“Yes, I want to help put things in place behind the scenes, but the focus has to be on what’s left of this season.
“Debenham is a nice friendly club and it’s important that we keep that.
“We’re not a club that’s going to attract players for silly money, but what we have got is a nice, family atmosphere and a group of players that are committed. We’ve got a good bunch here. There’s some good personalities and good footballers at the club, so I don’t want to rip up what we’ve got.
“I came to the club three months ago to work with Leon as his assistant, and he’s already assembled a good side.”
Hayes handed a debut to his first new signing, Charlie Cook, in Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Downham Town, a player the new boss knows well from his spell in charge at Team Bury.
Heading in the opposite direction are Jake Rudge and Reumel Codrington.Rudge, a recent signing from lower-league Claydon, has moved up a league to join Woodbridge Town, while Codrington has signed for Felixstowe & Walton United.
Hayes does not anticipate a complete overhaul of the squad at Friends Meadow, but is eager to bring in two or three new players ahead of Debenham’s home game against Felixstowe’s Reserves on January 26.
- First Division North leaders Harleston Town begin a new era without manager Adam Gusterson when they visit Leiston Reserves tomorrow (3pm).
The club’s chairman Adam Mullin and secretary Craig Trudgill will be in the dugout this weekend.
Midfielder Sam Borrer has joined Gusterson at Dereham Town on a dual registration, while Andy Howell has gone in the other direction, leaving to sign for Harleston.
- In the Premier Division, Framlingham Town face a potentially pivotal weekend in their bid to avoid relegation.
The basement dwellers welcome 17th-placed Thetford Town to Badingham Road tomorrow (3pm).