St Neots Town are lucky to have such an ambitious and conscientious manager
- Credit: James Ager
New St Neots Town owner Lee Kearns has delivered a glowing assessment of manager David Batch despite a difficult season on the pitch.
Batch celebrated a year in the Town hotseat during this week.
He enjoyed a spectacular start to his reign when steering Saints into the Southern League Premier Division play-offs last season where they were eventually denied promotion by a controversial penalty in a final defeat at Truro City.
But the current campaign has been one of frustration with Saints left languishing in 15th place in the standings after a 5-2 derby drubbing at Biggleswade on Boxing Day.
It’s a position they still occupied ahead of the visit of King’s Lynn Town to the Premier Plus Stadium today - the latest game in a season plagued by injuries to key players and a lack of consistency.
Kearns said: “The frustration is that the ability is clearly there, but we have been decimated by injuries and unavailability this season.
“If we can get a full squad back and make the play-offs it would be fantastic, but if it doesn’t happen we will move on.
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“David is under no pressure to do anything other than continue the job he has done in developing our first team.
“David is very, very important for us. He is a progressive coach who is open to ideas.
“He is very driven and ambitious, but also someone who is conscientious.
“Lots of managers don’t have that attitude and I believe we are very lucky to have him on board.
“He did fantastically well after coming in during last season and he has continued to do a good job despite being up against it this season.”
St Neots are eight points off the play-off places.