Marketmen turn to ex-boss

TAKING A BACK SEAT:  Danny Laws will step down as Needham manager in the summer.
TAKING A BACK SEAT: Danny Laws will step down as Needham manager in the summer.
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Needham striker Sam Newson believes the arrival of Mark Morsley will be a beneficial, but conceded his sadness at seeing Danny Laws step down.

Ahead of tomorrow’s home encounter with Tilbury (3pm), the club announced this week that former manager Morsley would be replacing Laws as of next season, after agreeing a four-year deal.

The former Leiston manager’s return will see a reshape of management with Laws stepping down to the role of head coach.

Despite not taking the reigns until the summer,Morsley described the opportunity as ‘one he could not resist’ and will begin his search for players, as well as ‘looking to appoint a strong management team’, raising doubts over the future of current assistant Neil Reader.

“A new manager could possibly freshen things up,” admitted Newson, who was involved in the club’s 3-0 win at Harlow Town on Saturday, their first in nine.

“It’s not my place to say why the change has been made, but if Danny has taken the decision upon himself and thinks the time is right then we have to respect that.

“It’s sad to see him step down, but it is great to see he will stay on as head coach.

“Mark is a decent manager and has had success before so he may bring a different approach and give the place a bit of a boost.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s encounter, Newson — who should also feature at home against strugglers Ilford on Tuesday (7.45pm) — 
knows a first home win is imperative to restore a bit of pride.

“All home games are tough this season and Tilbury will be no different,” he added. “We need to keep working hard and bring some pride back to the club, because that’s been missing.”

Danny Laws was unavailable for comment.