Hatfield Town chief positive despite transfer market headache
PUBLISHED: 13:31 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 06 August 2015
More often than not, life is not a beach during the pre-season period for football managers.
Having spent three years at Hatfield Social, Kev Pearman is now experiencing the harsh realities of the transfer market at the helm of rivals Hatfield Town.
Pearman, who left his role as assistant manager of Town three years ago, began a new chapter at the Gosling Stadium when he agreed to replace Ashley Purser as Blueboys boss at the end of May.
On his return, he attempted to land several acquisitions to re-ignite his side’s promotion challenge from last season, but has seen deals slip through his fingers via social media.
Pearman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I have tried to add a couple of players, and after talks they agreed to sign for us.
“However, a few days later it’s all over Twitter they have signed elsewhere.
“It’s difficult when clubs can offer a few pounds to attract players, but having said that I am delighted with the squad we have assembled.”
Pearman may be thrilled with his playing staff, but has been left disappointed by the departure of his right-hand man Gary Ansell.
Ansell has chosen Social yellow over the blue and white of Town for the forthcoming season, but Pearman believes he has found the perfect replacement.
He continued: “I have picked Paul Johnson for the role on the strength of his performance as manager of Hatfield Social’s Sunday side.
“It is a big blow for me personally that Gary has decided to return to Social but Paul is a great replacement.
“Gary and I have worked together for three years and he will be missed.
“He re-joins Darryn Stewart in what is a good managment team, and hopefully they will have a successful season.”
Hatfield begin their Spartan South Midlands League Division One campaign next Tuesday at home to newly-promoted Brimsdown and unsurprisingly, the 42-year-old is chomping at the bit.
Pearman said: “We don’t know much about the clubs in our league so we will play with no fear and adapt as required.
“This squad is capable of being successful, it is full of talent and desire, so I am expecting good things from the team.”
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