Date: Mon 11 Feb 2019

By David Simpson

Survival to be achieved by hard graft

New Saints boss sets the target

Marc Abbott insists he is the right man to try to lead St Neots Town to safety - and if they do go down it won’t be for the lack of graft.

Abbott was this week appointed as the Saints’ new manager, allowing former boss Matt Clements to move upstairs as director of football.

The former Cambridge City midfielder has only been in management for 15 months, guiding Haverhill Rovers to safety in the Eastern Counties Premier the last term before taking them into the top half this term.

Stepping up two levels and dragging St Neots out of the Southern Premier drop zone may seem a big challenge for such a managerial rookie, but Abbott is ready for the challenge.

“My character is to work hard and demand the best, and I’m quite confident I can bring that to St Neots,” he said. “The challenge will be exciting for a young coach like me.

“It’s something you don’t experience in the Eastern Counties League, and the way our young side competed with an experienced step three club like Biggleswade on Tuesday night gives me more confidence.

“I honestly thought I would stay at Haverhill for many years, and there weren’t many clubs that would tempt me away, but St Neots was one of them.

“It’s one of the best clubs around with a really professional set up, and I hope to continue that. I’d probably ask myself questions further down the line if I hadn’t accepted the challenge.

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