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City want Masters
WINCHESTER City are hopeful of making ex-Saint Paul Masters their assistant manager.
Masters was due back from a holiday in Spain yesterday and will be talking to director of football Dave Malone and newly-appointed Winchester manager Neil Hards today about taking the No2 post at the Denplan City Ground.
“We’ve been talking to Paul in Spain and, for me, he and Hardsy would make a good partnership,” said Malone. “They already know each other having played together at Havant and Waterlooville.”
Winchester have also targeted some new players after Karl Yelland, Ben Osborne and Scott Sanderson followed former boss Graham Kemp out of the Denplan door.
Notices of approach have been lodged for Downton centre-back Josh Thomas, ex-AFC Bournemouth and Gosport midfielder James Ford from Hamworthy United and Stockbridge frontrunner Daryl Phillips, who has played for both Winchester City and Castle in the past.
Three more of Kemp’s former Christchurch contingent – Russell Cook, Dan Thompson and Stewart Kearn – played in Hards’ first league game back at the helm on Saturday which ended in a 4-0 win over Brockenhurst.
By Malone’s own admission, Brock’s bright spark forward Lerone ‘Rudy’ Plummer gave centre-back Leigh Mills an uncomfortable afternoon, but he blazed a couple of decent chances over. Winchester went in 1-0 up at half-time through Liam Robinson and ran away with it after the break through Mills (penalty), Chris Flood and Robinson.
“I thought it would be a downer with Kempy going, but the lads played with a bit of freedom and got a convincing win,” said Malone.
“I spoke to all the players when Kempy left, particularly the ones from Bournemouth way, and asked if they were prepared to commit 100 per cent without any problems.
“Russell Cook, Dan Thompson, Stewart Kearn and Liam Green all agreed to stay at this stage and give it a go with the new manager. But it’s a two-way thing and Hardsy will have some input. He’s got to see the players and assess what he wants to do.”
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