Stowmarket manager pledges caution

NEW Stowmarket manager Louis Newman says there will be no bull in a china shop approach to his reign at Greens Meadow.The former Ipswich Wanderers boss was appointed Stowmarket's new first-team manager at the weekend after Dave Hubbick tendered his resignation last week.

NEW Stowmarket manager Louis Newman says there will be no bull in a china shop approach to his reign at Greens Meadow.

The former Ipswich Wanderers boss was appointed Stowmarket's new first-team manager at the weekend after Dave Hubbick tendered his resignation last week.

“I have been linked with the job at Stowmarket before, because of my family ties there, but the time has never been right,” Newman said.

“I've watched Stowmarket this season but I wasn't there on Saturday (Stowmarket won 7-1 against bottom club Fakenham).


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“For now it is a case of reviewing everything come the end of the season, from both the club's angle and mine. I don't pretend to have a magic wand but hopefully we can move forwards.”

Newman, who once scored five times for Stowmarket against Brightlingsea in an FA Vase clash many years ago, takes over from Hubbick, with Stowmarket having won just five of their 20 league matches so far this season.

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Incredibly they beat Fakenham 7-1 on Saturday, having lost to Diss 9-2 just three days earlier.

It was the Diss defeat that proved one hurdle too many for Hubbick, with John Griffen, who has been helping the reserves and youths at Stowmarket, taking over on Saturday and now assisting Newman.

Stowmarket chairman Andrew Horrex said: “I would like to thank David Hubbick for all his has done for the club. He has such passion and of course we won the Suffolk Senior Cup under his guidance last season.

“Following the Diss game 'Rocky' (Hubbick) made his situation clear and we approached Louis. His name has been banded about at the club for years but the time has never been right - now it is.”

Just making strides up the Ridgeons League Division One table will be Newman's brief at Greens Meadow in a division where there is no relegation.

A big knock-out cup semi-final at Halstead waits next month, as the club look to turn their season around.

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