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Boston United look at appointing two fellow league managers

Boston United look at appointing two fellow league managers to replace Craig Elliott who parted company with the club last week.

The Pilgrims – who recently moved into a new stadium and have ambitious plans to play back in the EFL – are understood to be interested in Brackley Town’s Kevin Wilkin and Hereford’s Josh Gowling.

Brackley currently sit top of the National League North table with 43 points from 20 games played while Hereford are down in 16th with 23 points from 18 games played.

However, it would seem according to the Non League Paper that both are on Boston’s list to keep their promotion hopes alive, positioned in the playoff places at the time of writing.

Gowling, who lives locally to Boston at Grimsby, where he used to play and remains a firm favourite, recently played down speculation around his future saying ‘Boston is a great club but so is Hereford and my focus is on getting us to the play-offs and ultimately winning promotion.’

So unless Boston have money to really tempt Gowling away, it seems they will have to look elsewhere, with it also looking highly unlikely that Kevin Wilkin will leave Brackley Town.

Other reports claim that former King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse is being looked at.

Wealdstone - Post Match Interview with Ian Culverhouse - YouTube

For the meantime, Paul Green is the club’s interim manager, and his first game in charge, a 0-0 draw against Gloucester City, saw his side keep their first clean sheet in seven matches, since November’s 2-0 win over Darlington.

Joe Leesley believes Green has managed to make an impact, and said following last Thursday evening’s training session: “He’s only had an hour and half with us, it’s not going to be drastic changes.

“But I think he’s trying to get us to believe in ourselves a bit more.

“A bit more structure, bit more organisation and a bit more desire, workrate and energy.

“That’s got to come from us, but hes steered us in the right way.

“I don’t think this group struggles with belief. A lot could play in the league above or the league above that. There are very good footballers in this group.

“But once you start getting into a routine of conceding goals it becomes a bit of a habit and we’ve got to shake our heads and break that a bit and climb the league.”

Leesley believes the dressing room is right behind their new boss, hinting the departure of Craig Elliott came as a wake-up call.

He added: “First and foremost, everyone’s tried to do their job better (at Gloucester), everyone agrees we haven’t and we have to be better.

“With Greeny coming in and taking the reins everyone wants to give him absolutely everything and long may it continue if we give positive performances like that.

“It’s never nice to be a part of someone losing their job. We are a part of it.

“But Paul’s come in with Jake (Wright snr, assistant) and couple of the more experienced boys and we’ve give them absolutely everythinga and will continue to give them everything and see where we go going forward.”

Leesley reckons the dressing room is right behind their new boss, hinting the departure of Craig Elliott came as a wake-up call.

He added: “First and foremost, everyone’s tried to do their job better (at Gloucester), everyone agrees we haven’t and we have to be better.

“With Greeny coming in and taking the reins everyone wants to give him absolutely everything and long may it continue if we give positive performances like that.

“It’s never nice to be a part of someone losing their job. We are a part of it.

“But Paul’s come in with Jake (Wright snr, assistant) and couple of the more experienced boys and we’ve give them absolutely everything and will continue to give them everything and see where we go going forward.”

Paul Green has told his Boston United squad they’ve set a standard he expects for future matches.

“I was so proud of all of them to a man. I thought they defended like they should be defending from the outset,” Green told BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

“We came under a little bit of pressure 60-70 minutes into the game and everyone put their body on the line and that’s what I want to see moving forward.

“That’s what it’ll take to really push on. That’s the standard they’ve set now.”

As Boston United look at appointing two fellow league managers, social media users gave their reaction to the speculation…

Joe Orrell: Dont know anything about either but both appear to be doing very good jobs. I must say though i’ll be very surprised if Culverhouse and Bazza don’t get the job, assuming they want it of course 😉

Michael Thorn: Joe Orrell i’ve been impressed by the job paul cox is doing at kettering, but he applied before and didnt get the job so maybe he wont apply?

Ryan Overton: Can’t see why Wilkin would leave top of the league to come to us, but if we can pull it off I don’t think there are many better out there we could ask for

Sharon Tomlinson: Josh Gowling was a great captain while he was at Lincoln, a great communicator on the pitch and brought a lot of energy and team spirit to the game. I’d love to see him as manager

Carl Boyfield: Happy with either of them

David Parnell: I dont know how all this works in Football, but I guess managers have agents and therefore if your jnterested in a particular manager wouldn’t you contact their agent? Therefore there is no prerequisite to have to apply. If your just going to recruit on the basis of applicants then I think you’ll never really get what your looking for, as they will invariably be managers from lower leagues or failed managers who are no longer in a job. Just my view, but I would be looking for the best manager and looking to recruit them based on success.

Nick Edwards: I have said all along how much l would love to see Kevin Wilkin as our new manager. It would be a great opportunity for him. No disrespect to Brackley, but they do not have what we have. He likes the club and has already said how impressed he is with set up we have. It will all come down to how much compensation they want for him.

Simon Juckes: I’d like to see Kevin Wilkin aswell, depends if he wants it firstly, but that would be great I’m sure

Max Owen: Would be very surprised if we got Wilkin, can’t see why he would leave Brackley at this stage of the season with the position both clubs are in.

Matt Elworthy: Josh Gowing has done amazing at Hereford on a 250k budget and lives in Grimsby.

Mike Gilbert: Really we need a Bostonian. The career manager only wins with money not passion.

Tom Steadman: Going to be a lot of interest in this with everything in place and the chance of still gaining play-offs this season. Of course getting out this league is the main objective but we have more to offer at the minute then ever before.

Joe Lote: Wilkin or culverhouse for me. I could see why Wilkin would come as look at the size of brackley town compared to us

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