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The Daniels unveiled former Cambridge and Rushden and Diamonds defender Wayne Hatswell as their new manager yesterday.

Hatswell, 37, will be assisted by experienced midfielder David Staff, who acted as caretaker manager since the departure of Graham Drury last month.

Hatswell met the Daniels players last night and the new man in charge at Kettering Road said: “It has been a whirlwind few days. I can’t wait to get going.

“I went to watch them against Kidsgrove and had reports done so I have a good idea of how the players have done over the last few weeks.

“I am lucky that Graham Drury has left a strong side with a good team spirit.”

“The club are third with games in hand so I see no reason why we need to change the squad – perhaps just add to it.

“David Staff knows all the players and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The first test Hatswell will face as manager is a tough trip to fifth-placed Gresley in the Evo-Stik League First Division South tomorrow.

“No league is easy and we have a gap of 11 points to chase,” he said. “But if the lads can keep showing the same endeavour that they showed at King’s Lynn we will do well.

“There are 20 games to go and we can have a very good shout at the title.”

Daniels chairman Chris Rivett said he was delighted by the appointment after whittling more than 20 applicants down to a shortlist of “about eight”.

Rivett said: “I said the day that Graham Drury left this was an exciting opportunity and I am very grateful to everyone who took time to contact us.

“The calibre of candidate we had to choose from, for a club of Stamford’s standing, was very impressive.

“The strength of our shortlist was a big indication of the way the club is regarded at the moment and that is very pleasing. That quality meant this was a big decision for the board and one that has been presided over diligently and professionally to arrive at what we believe is a strong management team.

“I am delighted to welcome Wayne to the club and look forward to working with him.

“I am also pleased that David Staff, who did a thorough job as caretaker boss, has embraced the opportunity to progress his career and involvement with Stamford in a senior role.

“This is an exciting partnership that has been challenged to oversee a successful future for the club and I hope everyone will get behind them and support them in that objective.”

 

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