Dodson given joint-boss role

Former St Neots reserve manager links-up with Matt Plumb at Eynesbury

EX-St Neots Town reserve team boss Paul Dodson has been appointed as joint-manager of UCL Division One outfit Eynesbury Rovers.

He will team up with current Rovers boss Matt Plumb, who is about to start his third campaign in charge at Hall Road.

Dodson enjoyed a hugely successful spell in charge of Saints’ second string, winning the league, Scott Gatty and Benevolent Cup treble back in 2009/10 – before leaving the club last October.

The duo will be assisted by ex-St Neots defender Mick McCreanor.

Plumb said: “Paul wants to be a first team manager and he jumped at the chance when I asked him to come on board with me.

“I just felt we need a bit more input. Sometimes it’s very hard to work alongside a joint-manager, but I’d like to think we’ll both be open enough to put our own views across and then come to an agreement.

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“Sometimes it works for you, because you might not be seeing what somebody else is seeing – particularly where players are concerned.

“There can be a player playing a certain position, but there is a better one in the squad who could do a better job. It’s about weighing up your options and having options as well on the sidelines. We all see different things and the game is all about opinions – that’s my thinking behind it really. Pre-season will be about getting to know each other football wise and we’ll see how it unfolds.”

Eynesbury returned for pre-season training last week and Plumb is keen for the squad to get a good month’s preparation under their belts ahead of the new league season.

After finishing sixth last season, Rovers’ opening game is at Rushden & Higham on Saturday, August 13.

“We’ve got to make a positive start,” said Plumb. “We weren’t really at the races for the first two or three months of the season, in my opinion. We never really got started after pre-season and we’re really going to have to hit the ground running this time. We want to have a nice positive start and play the way we want to be playing.

“The pre-season games will all be about competing and doing things right that are important to the team – it’s not all about winning them. It won’t be until after the first six weeks of the season that we’ll be able to see what we’re up against.”