Graham Drury will be as valuable to Holbeach United as any 40-goal-a-season striker, according to UCL title-winning boss John Chand.
Chand is delighted to have persuaded Drury to join him as joint-manager and believes the pair can help build a squad to bring the glory days back at Carter’s Park.
He said: “It is a great appointment. I said all along I didn’t just want someone who would fill the water bottles but wanted an assistant who could really help to take this club forward.
“Graham has got a very impressive record in non-league football and I think we will work very well together.
“Although I am only announcing it now, he has actually been in place for about a week and has already helped to get agreement with some players to join the club.
“We have got four or five top quality players who have agreed to sign so things are looking very positive.
“The important factor is having a ball-playing midfielder, a goal-scorer and a top-quality defender and you can build the rest of your team around them.”
It’s been a topsy-turvy time at the club since Chand quit to concentrate on his young family.
Virtually all of the UCL-winning squad, with the exception of Leigh Overton and Matty Warfield, left but the Tigers battled to a mid-table finish last season.
Glen Maddison and his back-room staff then quit with Chand and ex-Holbeach player Steve Appleby coming in as joint-managers the following day only for the latter to change his mind a week later.
So Chand is delighted to have brought in someone who is so highly-regarded.
He added: “It’s important to have the right person alongside me and my first choice would have been Dean Elston as he was fantastic when we worked together last time.
“But I am very lucky to have got Graham and hopefully we can bring the good times back to the club.
Jamie Stevens, who skippered the side when they won the title, is expected to join the club having turned down a new deal with Spalding.
Johnny Allen, Adam Jackson, Tony Roberts and Gary King have agreed to join.