EvoStik side Leiston have announced their new first-team boss as Stuart Boardley and he says he is ‘honoured’ to be managing the Southern Premier Central division club.
A statement from the club says “The Blues this afternoon announced Boardley and assistant David Head, both ex-players at Victory Road, will be taking over at the helm after former boss Glenn Driver and assistant Tony Kinsella left two weeks ago.
For Boardley, it’s a first move into full-time management, although he did assist Richard Wilkins at Leiston three years ago.
“I’m obviously delighted,” Boardley said.
“When I spoke to the chairman Andy Crisp last week, it was a bit tentative to be honest. I didn’t know if they were looking for someone with 10 years management experience, in which case I wasn’t their man.”
“But it became clear very quickly they wanted someone to continue what Glenn (Driver) had started at the club with the youth set-up, as he has brought young players into the club.”
“The first team are currently fifth in the table. I believe Leiston have the most talented squad in Suffolk. They perhaps haven’t been as consistent as they would have liked, but I’ll be making no wholesale changes, that’s for sure.”
Boardley announced this week he was hanging up his boots after a career that saw him start at Ipswich Town as a youngster, before playing professionally for Torquay United.
He moved back to Suffolk where he enjoyed two spells with Leiston, as well as Long Melford, AFC Sudbury and most recently Felixstowe & Walton.
He acknowledges the part Head will have to play in their partnership.
“Like me, David knows how Leiston works,” Boardley added.”