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Abbott and Lyon's relationship is a 'marriage made in footballing heaven'

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The new management team at Peterborough League side Ketton believe they can form the perfect partnership to drive the Pit Lane club forward.

The Premier Division side have appointed joint bosses for the coming campaign with Ian Abbott and Chris Lyon taking over the helm.

They will be assisted by AJ Darar and backed up by a coaching team consisting of Indie Darar and Nathaniel Chilvers.

Both Abbott and Lyon have graduated from reserve team management spells with Netherton United and Langtoft.

And they see the opportunity at Pit Lane as the perfect chance to make their mark on first team management.

Abbott said: "I'm really excited and looking forward to it. It's an excellent and exciting opportunity at a very good club.

"We are both ambitious and have a lot of drive and want to manage as high as we can. It's also very important to have a good team around you because it's not something you can do on your own.

"Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses which can work to the benefit of all involved.

"We will not be there to make the numbers up. Hopefully most of last season's squad will stay which will be a big bonus and we can also add a couple of new faces."

Lyon, who has also managed ladies side at both Peterborough Northern Star and Peterborough Sports, continued: "I got on really well with Ian when we were together at Netherton Reserves.

"It's the most stressful thing ever when you're doing it on your own. We wanted to have a strong team to come on board with us. The more the merrier.

"It's a marriage made in heaven in footballing terms. We just seem to click and are always on the phone to each other talking about football."

Lyon left Langtoft in November last year to become part of the new coaching team at then-United Counties League club Oakham United.

And he is hoping that the experience gained at a higher level with the Lonsdale Meadow side will stand him in good stead for the coming campaign.

Lyon commented: "I loved my time at Oakham and I left on good terms, but it was a real eye opener because too much had happened before we took over.

"It was a good experience to see what the level above is like.

"It was run professionally from day to day, the system was very regimented and that's something we want to bring to Ketton if it's not already there. We want to bring a professional approach to the club with how we do things.

"We want to have a good pre-season, a good season and then see where that takes us.

"I've been involved in the Peterborough League for the past 12 years and I think it will be the strongest Premier Division in years.

"We don't want too much to change player-wise, but we do need to bring a couple of good players in."

The management duo also see the acquision of Indie Darar as a major coup for the club with his coaching background.

Darar has also been coaching at Norwich City, Cambridge City, Histon and Soham Town Rangers.

Abbott said: "Indie's got really good experience which will be vital because we want to make training sessions worthwhile and constructive."

Lyon added: "Indie is a fantastic coach who will put on really good training sessions. It will give us that extra 10 per cent.

"The facilities at Ketton are fantastic for this level of football and, although it's going to be a challenge, they finished seventh last season and hopefully we can achieve more.

"There's no reason why Ketton can't be competing with the top five sides.

"I want us to earn the respect of other sides by playing good football and making sure that every game we have an ethic of hard work and always sticking together."

Ketton start pre-season training on Tuesday, June 26, from 7-8.30pm at Pit Lane.

Sessions will then be held every Tuesday and Thursday from July 3. The opening pre-season friendly is at home to Stilton on Saturday, July 7.

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