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No panic from new Diss Town manager as players depart the club




A number of players may have headed for the exit door in recent days, but new Diss Town manager Michael King has insisted it is far from panic stations.

While Max Lane and Matt Cook have dropped down a level to play for neighbouring Harleston Town, midfielder Angus Mackie has rejoined higher-league Gorleston and full-back Alex McIntosh has signed for fellow Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side Lakenheath.

Rumours are rife that more of last season’s squad may soon follow, though King has held face-to-face conversations with a handful of players he hopes will re-commit.

FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Diss Town..Pictured: Alex Lyratzopoulos (H) and Angus Mackie (D)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (38571562)
FOOTBALL - Haverhill Borough v Diss Town..Pictured: Alex Lyratzopoulos (H) and Angus Mackie (D)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (38571562)

And while he would have liked everyone to stay, the departures will allow him to bring in his own players over the coming weeks.

“We spoke to all of the players on the phone a couple of weeks ago so we have known for a while that a few were planning on leaving,” said King, who was appointed as Steve Eastaugh’s replacement earlier this month.

“In an ideal world we would have come in and just had a little bit of building to do on to what was already at the club - that may have been the perfect scenario.

DE-10-09-2019-002-GD Diss No 3 Alex McIntosh. (38571734)
DE-10-09-2019-002-GD Diss No 3 Alex McIntosh. (38571734)

“But it is often the case at this level, when managers change so do the players.

“We will have to get a few bodies in and mould together a squad. In that sense, we have got a clean slate.”

Talks with potential new signings are ongoing, and King is optimistic he will have some positive news on that front in the near future.

However, despite having a number of slots to fill, the new boss has no intention of bringing in players for the sake of it.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations and there has been plenty going on,” he added.

“We are hoping to have something to announce in the near future, but they have got to be the right player and the right type of person. We will not be making any panic signings.”


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