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Non-league: Bash boss Pyatt could prise players from Brock
BASHLEY'S new joint-manager John Pyatt admitted he could raid former club Brockenhurst for players - but not before assessing the club's current crop.
The 48-year-old's protracted appointment was finally confirmed yesterday evening after Bash chairman Mike Cranidge had controversially blocked manager Paul Gazzard's attempt to usher in a right-hand man.
But following a meeting with Cranidge and executive committee approval, Pyatt's shift across the New Forest was ratified with the ex-Lymington chief set to start work when he returns from a prior engagement next Thursday.
Brockenhurst manager Pat McManus, who took the reins when Pyatt became director of football at Grigg Lane over the summer, claimed his outgoing colleague had made no bones about his intent to lure players from the Wessex outfit.
McManus said: “John's been quite up front and said that he was going to speak to five of our current players, which came as a bit of a shock.
“It's a spanner in the works for us if they do go and it makes the job even harder, but we'll cope.”
And while Pyatt, linked with a move for Brock's former Poole and Wimborne striker Scott Joyce, acknowledged his admiration for some of the Wessex outfit's personnel, he said it was too early to talk about individuals.
Asked whether any Brock players were on his hit-list, Pyatt told the Daily Echo: “Possibly, but I need to sit down with Paul (Gazzard) and John (Bailey, Bashley's coach) first and discuss who we have and any possible targets.
“There are a lot of players from different clubs on the radar, and while half-a-dozen names from Brockenhurst keep cropping up that is all speculation at this stage.”
Meanwhile, Gazzard takes sole control for Bash's FA Trophy trip to Hungerford on Saturday (3pm) without striker Tim Sills, who has signed for Gosport Borough, and the injured Ian Richardson. Goalkeeper Nic Jones could also miss the clash.
Bashley's Red Insure Cup clash with Weymouth, postponed due to floodlight failure last night, has been rearranged for Tuesday, October 22.
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