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Popular former Bedford Town boss Nick Platnauer has rejoined the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club as assistant-manager.

And he is hoping to help rebuild the players’ confidence as Bedford look to get up-and-running.

Platnauer said: “The people around the club believe there’s a reasonably strong squad which should be performing better than they are and that’s just down to a little bit of confidence. I’m sure I will be able to help Ady Hall.

“Ady’s been in management a long time and knows it’s about organisation and discipline and if we are singing from the same hymn sheet there’s a chance to turn it around quite quickly, or I would hope so.

“It just takes one or two results and maybe one or two players performing better than what they are. Hopefully we can do that.”

Platnauer originally managed the club from January 2004 to February 2007, recovering from the disappointment of play-off defeat to St Albans City to lead the club to Conference South.

Following their relegation he left the club and more recently his assistant role at Hinckley United was terminated. On his reasons for returning to assist boss Hall, he continued: “I started my career at Bedford as well and have a lot of time for the football club. Basically I’ve known the chairman and Ady for a long time.

“Ady was reserve manager when I was there and I’ve kept in touch with him over the years. I was pleased when he got the job for the hard work he put into the club.”

But he warned people not to read too much into his appointment, saying: “There’s no way at this time I could do the management side. My role as assistant-manager is helping Ady out and trying to turn things around. To start with I will just observe things and add a little bit of input. The biggest thing is we have got to keep a few more clean sheets and it breeds a little more confidence.”

The former Leicester City, Cardiff City and Coventry City player though does not expect too many players to follow him to the Eyrie, saying: “We had a lot more northern players at Hinckley.”

So he’s looking to work with what’s already in place at Town, saying: “There’s a lot of sides now in and around Bedford playing at that level as well. We are all competing for those players. To start with we’ve got to work with what we’ve got.

“Only a fool would say we would make the play-offs for sure. But there’s only eight games gone and it’s important we start getting some results.”

On Platnauer’s appointment, chairman David Howell added: “I am delighted to have Nick back at Bedford. He is a man I have worked with for a number of years and regard him very highly.”

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