County appoint chief executive – and they aim to keep midfield star Lee Evans
NEWPORT County will today unveil Dave Boddy as their new chief executive while also pressing on with attempts to strengthen the squad.
Boddy will leave his role with the Football Conference in order to join the administration at Rodney Parade.
He will operate above general manager Steve Dance and will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the club.
Director Howard Greenhaf and chairman Les Scadding will today confirm the appointment of Boddy in a press conference at Rodney Parade and Greenhaf has also vowed the club will do everything they can to hold onto their prized asset, Lee Evans.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been watched by a host of clubs and most recently has seen his name linked with a move to Premier League outfit Stoke City.
However, the Exiles don’t want to do business on Evans, especially after allowing midfielder Jake Thomson to join rivals Lincoln on a one-month loan.
He’s ineligible for next Saturday’s clash with County at Sincil Bank.
“On the way to Lincoln, games, assists, goals, dreaming,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, on their desire to keep hold of Evans, director Greenhaf told the Argus: “We are keen to keep Lee, this is probably the first season where any bids for our star players are unwelcome,” he said.
“Generally it’s a bit of a badge of honour to sell players to the Football League for a fee, certainly at this level and we’ve had success with that in recent years.
“But this time around we want to remain as strong as possible.
“We want to keep all our best players and if we did have interest in Lee, we would certainly look to ensure any deal included an agreement that he remains with us until the end of the season.”
The Exiles can push on with their transfer plans having finally appointed a chief executive, a move planned since the summer.
Boddy joined the Football Conference staff in 2010 having previously been on the Conference board for five years.
He was previously chairman and director at Worcester City and has also enjoyed general manager roles with Evesham, Bromsgrove Rovers and Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
He also ran his own telecommunications company.
- Meanwhile the Exiles have rearranged their postponed clash with Braintree Town for Tuesday, January 29, kick-off 7.45pm.
- The postponed match at Hereford will now be played on Tuesday, March 5 (KO 7.45).