Dream start for duo as table-toppers march on
NEWLY appointed St Neots Town managers Iain Parr and Ivan Finch set their sights on promotion after taking over the reigns at Rowley Park. And the new bosses got off to a dream start with a convincing 3-1 United Counties Premier victory against Yaxley on
NEWLY appointed St Neots Town managers Iain Parr and Ivan Finch set their sights on promotion after taking over the reigns at Rowley Park.
And the new bosses got off to a dream start with a convincing 3-1 United Counties Premier victory against Yaxley on Saturday - their side's fifth win in a row.
Parr, born and bred in St Neots, said: "Promotion is the aim, there is no doubt about that. We have a good set of players here who believe in each other and want to work together. Their support has helped Ivan and myself get the job."
Chairman Bob Bridges said that table-topping St Neots' recent form had made it impossible not to appoint the duo.
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"We did have applications and conduct interviews," said Bridges. "But the attitude of the players and five wins in a row made Iain and Ivan hard to ignore."
Parr said that he had no qualms working in partnership with player-manager Finch, insisting: "These days, managing a non-league club often has to be done by two people because work commitments and a busy fixture schedule do not make it easy.
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"It was unfortunate that Scott Houghton had to resign but hopefully Ivan and myself can bring some stability to the club."
Former St Neots manager - and current player - Steve Kuhne will act as assistant manager to Parr and Finch.
The joint managers take over at one of the most exciting times in the club's history with a move to a multi-million pound new stadium at Love's Farm expected in the new year.
Bridges said: "I am confident that Iain and Ivan are the men to help us get our standing in the league up towards the standard of our superb new stadium."
On the pitch, two goals from Barrington Belgrave, combined with Boston Town's home defeat against unbeaten Desborough, saw St Neots go three points clear at the top of the UCL.
Bridges and Parr also hinted that one or two new signings were in the pipeline to boost the promotion push.
"The attitude of the players is spot on and we believe we can do it," said Parr.