Feb 5 2013 By Matt Lewis
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TRISTAN Lewis has emerged as an early contender for the Hayes & Yeading job vacated by Nas Bashir this week.
Bashir left his post at the United helm following the club’s biggest ever Conference South defeat at Chelmsford City at the weekend.
United lost 6-2 to the Clarets and the writing was on the wall for Bashir having led his side to just two wins in their last 10 league fixtures.
Director of football Tony O’Discroll informed him of the club’s decision on Monday to bring to an end his association with the club since June 2011.
Bashir’s future was discussed last summer following United’s relegation from the Blue Square Premier but he kept his job despite the drop.
The club’s board set him the target of bouncing back but the United now sit eight points off the final play-off spot and are losing ground in the hunt for promotion.
Lewis, who was Bashir’s assistant throughout his time at the club, is sad to see his old friend leave Kingfield as boss.
But the United number two remains at the club after being given Bashir’s blessing to stay and has already thrown his hat into the ring for the empty United hot-seat.
Lewis said: “We didn’t leave Chelmsford until about half seven on Saturday night so we had a long chat about everything and Nas was told this morning (Monday) I believe. It’s just got to the stage where it’s best for both parties if there’s a parting of ways.
“It’s difficult for me because I’ve worked for Nas for a long time and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He was the first person to ring me and he told me he wanted me to stay and do what I think is right for your career. He’s a good man Nas and he’s trying to help people. I wanted to stay and he was fully supportive of me.
“If me and Tony (O’Driscoll, placed in caretaker charge of team affairs) get on well and do it right then it’s down to him but I feel I’m ready for it. If it came down to interviewing people then I would put my hat in the ring without question.
“I get on very well with Tony and I’d like to think I’ve got the respect of the players. They know I’ve always been my own man and my own ambitions. I feel like I’ve got a lot to offer but I know I’m still a young man in a big competitive industry and I’m looking forward to hearing what ideas Tony has as well.
“He knows I want the club to succeed and if the club feels I can be part of it then if the club feels I can be part of it then I’m happy to stay there as long as they want me, and in whatever capacity they want me.
“Don’t forget Delroy [Preddy] is there as well and is a fantastic figure at the club and between the three of us I’m sure we’ll come up with the right solution in the short term and hopefully it transpires to go on a little bit further than that. At the moment it’s about a bit of stability and making sure the players understand what it means to put on a Hayes shirt.”
United are due to face Uxbridge in the Middlesex Senior Cup and return to league action on Saturday when they host Truro City.
See tomorrow's Gazette for another update on the managerial situation at Kingfield.
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