Great expectations are no problem for Setchell

PUBLISHED: 10:04 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:55 10 September 2010

Paddy Davitt

Lynn FC's joint first team boss Gary Setchell says he will relish the pressure of helping lead his new club's non league revival. Setchell left Ridgeons Premier Division Wisbech Town earlier this week to link up with director of football Kevin Boon at The Walks ahead of next season's return for the newly-formed outfit.

Lynn FC's joint first team boss Gary Setchell says he will relish the pressure of helping lead his new club's non league revival.

Setchell left Ridgeons Premier Division Wisbech Town earlier this week to link up with director of football Kevin Boon at The Walks ahead of next season's return for the newly-formed outfit.

“As a player I was always in teams that had to cope with pressure,” he said. “At Kettering and Rushden we had to go out and try to win the league and get out of the Conference. At Sudbury the pressure was always on to get promoted and the same at King's Lynn and I dealt with it okay as a player.

“As a manager you had the pressure at Wisbech of making sure they stayed up - which was big - because Wisbech getting relegated would have been a disaster. I know it's a different type of expectation at Lynn but if you get the results up and running then you deal with it. You can't win every game, I know that, but we'll try to set our teams out to compete well and hopefully the results will come and I'm sure they will.”

Setchell said the lure of his hometown club was too good to resist.

“For me, it's massive to come back to King's Lynn in any capacity but to be here as a joint manager alongside Kevin is a huge honour,” he said. “I know it's due to circumstances which should never have happened to a club of King's Lynn's size but hopefully me and Kevin can now take them back to where they belong. That isn't UCL or Ridgeons or whatever, we need to get King's Lynn moving forward fast and as a young manager I want to go as far as I can as well.

“To leave Wisbech was hard because the team I had now was my team, the one I'd built. With no ground I think we had done well to stay up last year and the aim this year was to stay out of that bottom six and get ready to go into a new ground. In November we managed to hit the top five on a small budget but I know with King's Lynn the expectation is a lot higher and we will be expected to be pushing for promotion from the off.”

Lynn's hierarchy is lobbying for inclusion into the Ridgeons set up for 2010/11 - but Setchell is under no illusions Lynn will be seen as a prized scalp.

“It is an awkward league,” he said. “You have four or five teams with good budgets and then there will be seven or eight other teams that can take points off you home and away. Then you have the task of going to the bottom teams away from home with not many fans and it's a manager's job to make sure you go to some horrible places with probably 50 or 60 supporters and get the result.

“You have to have a strong team, a team with pace, and like all good football teams you have to have that winning mentality. That is something you have to instil and it won't be easy at the outset throwing 18 or so players together. If we can get them in early enough pre-season and have six or seven weeks with them we can start that process.”

t The King's Lynn Blue and Gold supporters trust is holding an open meeting for all Linnets' fans at the town's Masonic centre on Sunday January 24.

Officials from the fan-led body will outline their plans for the future after King's Lynn speedway boss Buster Chapman was awarded a lease on the council-owned Walks stadium recently in favour of a rival Trust bid.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 12.30pm but doors will open from midday at the Masonic centre, Hamburg Way on North Lynn Industrial Park.

The Trust will also hold a quiz night at the same venue on Friday, January 22. (7.30pm). Organisers are looking for six member teams to take part (£3 per person to enter).

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