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New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt spoke confidently about his plans for the club after his side showed courage and determination in a 3-2 home defeat to promotion-chasing Huntingdon Town this afternoon (Saturday).

Hunt, who has previously won the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League First Division North with Swaffham Town, says he's in it for the long haul and will bring a winning mentality back to Beechings Close.

"I see the initial stage as a three-year project. You need to see what you've got, consolidate where you are and then build on that and push on. It's not a quick fix and you're not going to go from losing every game to winning every week but you are going to build that so eventually that is what will happen.

New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt
New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt

"And if there are any lads who do not believe in what we are doing, they will fall by the wayside and we will bring in other people who will fight for the cause. So I know we are going to get better, and we will look to compete, and then we are going to fight to be a strong team in this league.

"The team will improve, there are no two ways about it. I've been in these situations before, and the lads who believe in it and know the way we are heading will stay here and enjoy the journey as well."

After being appointed last Sunday,Hunt had just one training session before today's game, but his enthusiastic about the task ahead. He said: "I worked with some the lads on Wednesday and a little bit before the match and they took it on board really well.

New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt
New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt

"They obviously couldn't take it all on board in one session but to put that performance in today, working hard and grafting hard and taking on our new ideas, I thought, to a man, they were all outstanding.

"The more organised and structured you are, the harder you are to beat , and once you have got that as a starting block, you can build your attacking flair.

"When you are asking players to run more without the ball, it's a hard concept if they haven't done it before. We had three 16-year-olds playing out there against a really good men's team and to play like they did is a real feat.

"For the next three or four weeks, through training and games, I can find out who is committed, who wants to be here and want to graft for this club.

New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt
New Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt

"I have played and managed in this league for 31 years so I do have a lot of contacts but I didn't want to bring loads of players in straight away and destroy the heart of what's already here.

"During the next few weeks I might bring the odd player in but I'm not going to make wholesale changes. I will add when we need to and keep the quality we have."

Paul Hunt addresses his players after the match
Paul Hunt addresses his players after the match


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