GRAHAM HYDE insisted he could not wait to get started at Boston United as he targeted a play-off charge next season.
The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was unveiled as the Pilgrims’ new assistant manager today after boss Jason Lee head hunted him to become part of his backroom staff.
Lee wasted no time in recruiting Hyde who opted to leave Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division outfit Redditch after a brief spell managing them at the end of last season.
The former Birmingham player says he is excited by the challenge that lays in store and is keen to improve the club’s mid-table finish last term.
“I have known Jason through playing against him many times over the years and when he got in contact with me, I had no hesitation in joining,” he said.
“It’s a fantastic club and one that is part of a very select few in non-league that has the ability of climbing through the divisions and into the league.
“Obviously they have done that once before and I remember playing against them when they were in League Two a few seasons ago.
“It’s a terrific set-up and I am really excited about what lies ahead.
“The club finished in mid-table last season and I know from talking to Jason that the aim is to improve that.
“Looking at the set-up, I don’t see any reason why we can’t target a top five finish although I think a lot of clubs will be thinking the same.
“But with the players that Jason has and the structure of the club, everything is geared up to go places and I cannot wait to get started.”
Hyde enjoyed a long and fine playing career where he made his name at Sheffield Wednesday and played in the 1993 FA Cup final.
The 41-year-old later helped Birmingham into the Premier League before enjoying spells at Bristol Rovers and Hereford before dropping into non-league.
With Jason Lee also having played at the highest level, Boston have a managerial duo with bags of experience.
Hyde says he is looking forward to passing on his knowledge onto the young players at the club.
“Myself and Jason have played at the highest level and being able to get on the training pitch and transmitting that knowledge to the players is what I love,” he said.
“I love the coaching and getting teams organised, disciplined and setting them up right.
“And not only that I would like to think the young players at the club can benefit from mine and Jason’s experience.
“I am looking forward to meeting them all and working with them because from what I have been told there is a great deal of talent at the club.
“It’s up to us to nurture it and bring it on.”
Lee said he was looking forward to working alongside Hyde and expects him not to be a ‘yes man’.
“While we share the same idea on how the game should be played, I do not expect Graham to agree with everything I say,” he said.
“He is vastly experienced and I am sure he will have his own ideas that he wants to put across.
“It’s good to have that relationship and I am really looking forward to working with him.”