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New manager Lee Sturgeon not plotting big changes at Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division side Scole United

‘Evolution not revolution’ – that is the message from Lee Sturgeon after he was appointed Scole United’s new manager last week.

Scole, who finished seventh in the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division this season, had been without a permanent boss ever since Jon Abbott took the Diss Town job at the start of 2019.

Alan Boulter had been in interim charge of the team and he will remain a part of the set-up under Sturgeon, who has spent the past two seasons managing Stanton.

Scole United
Scole United

Sturgeon watched Scole’s final two games of 2018/19 and was impressed with what he saw, so much so that he is not planning on making wholesale changes.

“There is not going to be a revolution because it simply is not needed – it will be more about evolution,” said the former Diss defender

“Big changes are not required. I was massively impressed with the players, the youth set-up and the people on the committee.

“My job is to maintain the fantastic atmosphere and spirit that already exists while at the same time trying to make the players as good as they can be.

“It is all about improving players and it is not about me as a manager – as soon as I start thinking that way it is all over.

“Alan laid some magnificent foundations and when you see his passion for the club, it was vital to keep him involved as well.”

In terms of a target for next term, Sturgeon feels he would be better placed to make one come Christmas.

“This is going to be a project and so we will probably not know where we are until Christmas time,” he added.

“By then we will know what needs doing, what works and what does not work. Hopefully we have great success before then but realistically there is going to be work to be done after that.”

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