Blackstones’ new manager hopes to steady the ship

Blackstones chairman/manager Gary Peace
Blackstones chairman/manager Gary Peace

Blackstones chairman Gary Peace has stepped into the manager’s job this week after the club parted company with Dave Stratton.

Now Peace says his top priority is to start winning games in the UCL Division One.

Peace said: “We’ve had a bit of a rough time and Dave Stratton came in at a very difficult time but we haven’t really progressed.

“Although it is early in the season the players were starting to get a bit disillusioned and I’ve really come in to try and stabilise things and get a few new faces in.”

Blackstones have lost all three league games so far, including a 2-0 defeat against Bugbrooke on Saturday.

Peace, a former under 18s manager and who had a spell as caretaker manager for the first team last season, says since the announcement he has already had calls from players interested in turning out for Stones.

And he says he has known many of the first team players for a while as they have come through the ranks from when he managed the under 18s.

He said: “I’m hoping to have three new signings before Saturday.

“I feel sorry for the previous manager and I think he was a bit disappointed he didn’t get a bit more time but obviously people are paying to watch and we haven’t been good this season.

“It was a unanimous committee decision and because some of the players have been with Blackstones for a long time the committee felt it would be better for somebody within the club to take it on.”

The club said in a statement on Tuesday that it had parted company with Stratton following a committee meeting.

The statement added: “The club would like to thank Dave for his work in taking over the team during a difficult period in our history.”

The club has struggled in recent seasons following the loss of sponsors and it doesn’t have a player budget.

However Peace is determined they can turn things around.

And it did receive some good news from one business this week as Guy Bell Builders of Stamford has agreed to sponsor polo shirts for the club. Peace said the club appreciated the support and thanked Guy Bell.

Blackstones face Rushden and Higham away on Saturday and then away to Holbeach in the Lincs Senior Trophy on Tuesday.