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‘Paine is a pleasure to have at Pagham’

Pagham chairman Tony Shea believes he has the right man for the job as the club enters a season of rebuilding.


The Lions had a disappointing campaign last term, finishing in the bottom half of the SCFL Premier and losing joint manager Richie Hellen along the way.


Things got worse at Nyetimber Lane when the other man in the dugout, Tom Simmons, departed for personal reasons one week before the start of pre-season.


Shea responded quickly and, after receiving some high-quality applications, opted for former East Preston manager Bob Paine.


Shea said: “We’re all really happy with the appointment.


“Obviously it was a difficult time to find a new manager that late in as it means we are six weeks behind everyone else.


“It’s fair to say the week before the start of pre-season is not ideal but I’m very happy it’s all sorted.


“We had a good night interviewing and Bob and his team were clear cut appointments so I’m feeling pretty hunky dory about things.”


Paine arrives at Nyetimber Lane after three seasons with EP.


During that time he steered them to promotion from SCFL Division One at the first time of asking before two mid-table finishes at step five.


Now he joins a club which have in recent years been pushing for the top five and cup finals.


Paine is joined at the club by Craig Stuart and Tom Henton, both of whom were part of his coaching staff at Lashmar.


The trio have already got straight on to business, overseeing a number of pre-season training sessions with their new squad.


Shea expects his new manager, who also was a successful coach with Worthing’s youth set up, to spend time rebuilding the core of the squad.


He said: “We are in transition stage, there’s no denying that.


“Bob’s first priority is to bring some stability back to the club. There will be a lot of change player-wise so stability is a good word.


“He had already made it clear that youngsters will be key to that. He will be running the under 23s from the 18s and is quite adamant that turning to youth will be our approach moving forward.”

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