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Boston were prepared to release Hurst & Scott - Newton

David Newton
David Newton appointed Hurst and Scott as managers in May 2009

Chairman David Newton says Boston United were prepared to allow joint-managers Rob Scott and Paul Hurst to leave before their resignations.

They are now tipped to take charge at Grimsby Town, who had an approach for the duo turned down by the Pilgrims.

Newton told BBC Lincolnshire: "We decided we might accept an approach but it would have to be on our terms.

"Rob and Paul rejected those terms so we rejected Grimsby's approach and then unfortunately Rob and Paul resigned."

Hurst and Scott, who had previously dismissed speculation linking them to the vacancy at Blundell Park, joined Boston in May 2009 and led them to promotion to the Blue Square Bet North.

The Pilgrims were second in the division at the time of their resignations.

Newton said: "Rob and Paul expressed an interest in talking to Grimsby. They were out of contract in the summer and we certainly didn't want to stand in their way so we gave them some terms and said if they agreed to those, we would put terms to Grimsby.

"We had to look after the club as well, because we felt losing Rob and Paul could cost us a place in the play-offs and could cost us promotion which would mean a lot of money for the club, and we felt there should be some compensation towards that."

And he added that a caretaker manager would most likely be appointed from within the club for the immediate future.

"The consensus among the directors is that we have to get through to the end of the season," said Newton.

"We think someone close to home or has an association with the club would be ideal. We've got a great togetherness in the team and a desire to do well and we don't want to bring somebody in who might upset that."



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