King's Lynn boss: My best signing
Paddy Davitt Lynn FC director of football Kevin Boon believes Gary Setchell could prove to be his best signing after he was unveiled as the new club's joint first team manager.
Lynn FC director of football Kevin Boon believes Gary Setchell could prove to be his best signing after he was unveiled as the new club's joint first team manager.
Setchell has resigned from Ridgeons Premier League neighbours Wisbech to link up with his former mentor at The Walks.
The Lynn-born 34-year-old will now aim to plot his hometown club's rise back up the non league pyramid next season after officially leaving the Fenmen.
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“He knows what it takes at this level as a player and now as a manager,” said Boon. “We've spoken weekly for the past 18 months and I have been impressed with the job he was doing at Wisbech. He wanted to come straight away and that says a lot. I have to thank Wisbech chairman Paul Brenchley for helping make the move possible.
“I truly believe Setch will be one of the best signings I ever make. We'll split the roles 50:50. He will have a say in everything we try to do. He's a Lynn lad born and bred who will stand no nonsense and wear his heart on his sleeve. I know Wisbech will be sick to lose him and with good reason. Setch is good mates with Mark Cooper from their playing days at Tamworth and look what he has gone onto achieve as a manager. That is the sort of calibre of man we have brought into the club.”
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Setchell helped Lynn win the Southern League, Eastern Division title and the Southern League Cup in his second spell at The Walks after beginning his playing career in the club's youth ranks. The 34-year-old went on to earn promotions with Tamworth, Sudbury and Rushden and Diamonds before embarking on a managerial career at Wisbech. Setchell guided the Fenmen to Ridgeons Premier safety last season and leaves his old club on the fringes of the top ten this time around.
“When I received an approach from Kevin I jumped at the chance,” he said. “This an exciting time for me. The opportunity to be involved at a great club like King's Lynn who are under a new, fresh and ambitious management doesn't come around often. I haven't given up my job at Wisbech to hang around in the Ridgeons League and I can see us taking the club up the non league pyramid and back to where it belongs.
“Having played and managed in the this league over the last five years, including a promotion with Sudbury, I know exactly what sort of players and mentality we need to succeed in such an awkward and difficult league. I would like to thank all the players, fans and staff at Wisbech who have all been fantastic to me and I wish them every success in the future.”
Boon and Setchell will now step up their player recruitment drive for the rest of the current campaign.
“We have a busy time ahead,” said Boon. “Gary and I plan to watch between 50 and 100 games over the next five months to make sure we get the right team for the new season. I would like to thank Paul Brenchley for his co-operation and wish him luck in finding Gary's predecessor.”
Read Lynn FC press officer Mark Hearle's first column on the new era at The Walks only on edp24.co.uk/sport