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News Archive > Sport > New Foxes chief Boardman excited for ‘fresh challenge’

New Foxes chief Boardman excited for ‘fresh challenge’

By Gareth Davies 20th January 2021

New Foxes chief Boardman excited for ‘fresh challenge’
New Foxhole Stars chief, for 2021-2022 Roy Boardman

Roy Boardman says that taking over as Foxhole manager for the 2021-22 campaign will be a ‘fresh challenge’.

He will become the permanent successor to Anton Lake next term after the latter’s spell in the Goverseth hot-seat lasted just four months.

Lake was sacked by the Stars’ committee just before Christmas after a tumultuous opening to the current campaign which saw no league wins recorded.

Gary Dyer, Chris Allen and Lee Whetter were then placed in temporary charge although the caretaker trio are yet to lead their side due to the current lockdown and suspension of  football. With the East Cornwall Premier League season expected to be declared null and void
for 2020-21 in the coming weeks, Boardman’s appointment will allow Foxhole to build a competitive side for next term. Nevertheless, the former Sticker reserves chief says expectations shouldn’t be too high.

“This is a fresh challenge for me and I’m really excited,” he told the Voice. “Like any position you go into, you want to be successful, but perhaps it will a case of baby steps before progression and go from there.

“I haven’t got anything to lose. I know some of the Foxhole players and they have a decent group already so I thought it was the right time to give it a go. They haven’t given me any big expectations in the first year, but hopefully we can at least finish better than mid-table and then just build from that. There is no talk of going in and getting promotion straight away - it is more of a rebuilding process.”

Boardman also reflected on his time in charge of Sticker’s second string and speaking publicly for the first time on this matter, revealed that the decision to leave was entirely of his own doing.

“I needed a break anyway as my mind wasn’t in the right place,” he added. “I felt Sticker needed to hear a different voice and perhaps a different view. It was a spur of the moment thing to leave Sticker and I wanted to concentrate on watching my lads play. I thought that was it for a while until Dave Bunt messaged me out of the blue in early December.

“He said that if ever I wanted to come back into management then he had the perfect job for me. “I decided to talk to my wife and my eldest Jack to get their feedback. They told me to do something for myself instead of trying to please everyone else. I spoke to other people
about the job and they said ‘you’ve got nothing to lose, go for it.’

“Me and Dave have always had a good relationship and when I asked why he had approached me, he said I was the perfect person for the job.

“It was quite flattering but if someone wants you and makes an effort, it is appreciated.

By Gareth Davies 20th January 2021

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