New boss May begins bid to hoist Blues out of drop zone

Date: Friday 3rd November 2017

FORMER Workington Reds star Kyle May has been appointed player/manager of Penrith AFC — and he has insisted that all existing players will have a clean slate as he begins his bid to lift the team out of the Northern League Division I relegation zone.

May’s appointment was confirmed by the Blues on Thursday — only hours after the veteran defender appeared in the opposing Frenchfield Park dugout as an unused substitute for Shildon AFC in a Northern League Division I clash.

He was released from his contract by the County Durham side immediately after the final whistle on Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old central defender joined Shildon in the summer after leaving Workington AFC, where he spent 13 seasons and made 544 competitive starts.

May said he and first team coach Andy Coyles would be seeking to swiftly bring improved organisation and shape to the team.

“Every single lad in that squad will be given a chance to start again from now,” May said. “Every single one of them. They will be given a chance to work the way I want them to work in the positions I want them to play. They will play in a way I feel is going to benefit the team and the club, and they will be given instructions; and if they do that and I feel they can do it they will stay.

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