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Lines Takes Bosham Helm

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Southern Combination League Division Two champions Bosham have announced the appointment of Gary Lines as their new first-team manager.

The Robins moved swiftly to secure the services of the former Petersfield Town director of football, amid interest from clubs higher up the pyramid.

Chairman Alan Price said: “We received a high standard of applications for the role. However, Gary was the stand-out for us, and I was highly impressed when we met.

“I believe this is a real coup for Bosham Football Club to gain the services of someone of the quality and experience of Gary, and speaks volumes that we are able to attract such a highly-rated manager.

“Gary’s enthusiasm and knowledge of local football is second to none, and believe we have someone who can continue to influence and progress us both on-and-off the pitch.

“I’m excited to have Gary and his team on board, and look forward to working with them as we prepare for the new season ahead.”

Lines will be joined at Walton Lane by head coach Paul Marsh, with Joe Albertella and Scott Miller completing the new-look managerial team, as the Reds look to make another assault on league and cup fronts in 2017/18.

They replace Andy Probee, Neil Redman, Grahame Vick and Dick Bryant, who brought four trophies to the village side in their four years in charge, culminating in the Southern Combination Division Two title in their final season together.

Lines cut his managerial teeth at Liss Athletic in the Hampshire League, guiding the side to a sixth-place finish in his first season, having finished bottom the previous four years prior to his joining.

In 2013/14, he moved to Horndean as assistant-manager, before returning to Liss as director of football alongside Paul Marsh, taking the side to the top of the Hampshire Premier League.

Short-term success at the Newman Collard ground led to an offer from Southern Central League side Petersfield Town where Lines and Marsh supported the club on-and-off the field, helping put together their best run of results last season.

He said: “Bosham really impressed me in terms of how the club is run, their ambition and success they’ve achieved. It’s going to be a challenge in emulating Andy Probee, but one I am really excited about.

“My ethos is around hard work to keep the club successful, and am looking forward to pre-season. Obviously, there’s a lot of talent in the current squad having just won the league, and am aware of players like Louis Bell.

“The immediate aim is to look to retain the Southern Combination Division Two title, and have a really good go at the Intermediate Cup”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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