‘Frustrated’ King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell was not eyeing now-filled Tamworth position
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Gary Setchell insists he never had any interest in filling the now occupied Tamworth manager's position.
The King's Lynn Town boss – who has guided his team from Step Five to Step Three of the non-league ladder in quick succession – was strongly linked with the Lambs following the club's decision to sever their ties with Dale Bedford. But even though one of his former clubs – who have this week appointed former Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell – plays a level above the Linnets, Setchell is adamant he wasn't tempted to try and fill the vacancy.
The Lynn chief said: 'I was never even interested in the job. I didn't hand in a CV, to be fair I haven't got one. The first I was aware of the rumours was when Jonesy (Jake Jones) said my name was being linked with it.
'It's the same with when my name was mentioned when Boston United were looking for a boss. Obviously, me getting linked with these jobs at a higher level, shows I must be doing something right. But I'm just focused, and still proud and honoured, to be the manager of King's Lynn Town, my hometown club.'
Setchell admits his dream is to still take his Evo-Stik Premier Division side into the Conference set-up. But he's honest enough to admit that moving up the pyramid in the club's current climate is going to take a mammoth effort.
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'Lynn is a tough job at the moment,' said Setchell, who is without four of his 16-man squad for tomorrow's FA Cup second round qualifying clash at home to Conference North Hednesford Town.
'At the moment I know what I need to do to get us to the next level. But without putting the club at risk, right now, it's not looking that possible. It's a bit frustrating. We're operating on a small squad and we've got injuries and unavailability at the moment. Our budget can only really be boosted by gates, or a big cup run. We played Buxton the other Tuesday. It was fifth v second. There was 300-plus there. In years gone by that's an 800 crowd. I'm not blaming anyone, but we've got to get to the bottom of why the crowds are down. It's frustrating.'
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Setchell – who has this week registered all of Lynn's reserve-team players in case he needs to use them – also has injury doubts over two first-team players.