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New Maidstone United boss Harry Wheeler says no one can replace Jay Saunders

By Craig Tucker

Harry Wheeler says he isn't trying to replace Jay Saunders at Maidstone.

Wheeler was sacked by Billericay just three days before Saunders left the Gallagher Stadium.

It surprised the new Stones boss, who paid tribute to Saunders' record of three promotions in four seasons during a seven-year reign.

New Maidstone United manager Harry Wheeler Picture: Andy Payton
New Maidstone United manager Harry Wheeler Picture: Andy Payton

Wheeler said: "You never expect that. He's done a brilliant job here and we have to make it clear I'm not here to replace him.

"I don't think anyone can replace what he achieved and no one's here to do that.

"It's a brilliant achievement that he can hold with him for a very, very long time.

"We're here to give it something different now and hopefully have the same success."

One man's misfortune means an opportunity for someone else and Wheeler had no hesitation in applying for the job.

He said: "It was a no-brainer for me.

"The way I am, I always feel I've got a chance.

"It depends what the club wants and if we match each other.

"Having a relationship is always a massive thing.

Harry Wheeler has paid tribute to former Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones
Harry Wheeler has paid tribute to former Maidstone boss Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Jones

"We've got to marry each other and make sure we're going on the same journey and have the same morals and the same ethos, the same ability and determination.

"It works perfectly. We ticked all the boxes but so did they for me.

"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it. It's a great club. It's got aspirations the same as mine.

"They've been progressive and they're bringing in a progressive manager at the same time that hopefully can go and start giving the fans what they've deserved.

"I live and breathe this game.

"It is my life, football, it's seven days a week and I'll give the club absolutely everything.

"They've always had a big effort on and off the field from the previous manager and the staff here and I'll come in and do the same."

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