"It's a pleasure to work with him!" Boston United chairman David Newton praises manager Craig Elliott ahead of his 100th game in charge

David Newton says it is a 'pleasure' to be working with Craig Elliott as the Boston United manager prepares for his 100th game in charge of the Pilgrims.
Craig Elliott is welcomed to the club by David Newton two years ago.Craig Elliott is welcomed to the club by David Newton two years ago.
Craig Elliott is welcomed to the club by David Newton two years ago.

Newton hired the former Shaw Lane manager in November 2017, citing his track record of promotions and FA Cup success as major factors in his decision.

And with United currently in the National League North play-off spots and preparing for a cup replay against League One Rochdale, it appears Newton got the right man.

Elliott currently has an impressive 46 wins and 19 draws to his name from 99 games in charge of the Pilgrims.

His first campaign with Boston saw him take charge of a club languishing in the relegation zone, before orchestrating a nine-game unbeaten run, the club just missing out on a play-off spot on the final day of the campaign.

Last season, Elliott's first full one at the club, began well but a mid-season rebuild led to a hit and miss season.

But with United currently impressing in the league, FA Cup and into the final of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup, Newton is delighted with the team's progress.

"He's good," the chairman said of Elliott.

"It took him last season to learn what we needed, and our recruitment wasn't brilliant last season, we knew that.

"We put that right in the summer and we're seeing the fruits of that now.

"It's a pleasure to work with him."

Elliott - who will take charge of game number 100 at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday (KO 3pm) - is also an admirer of his chairman.

"He's a great bloke, as a manager and chairman relationship. As a person he's an outstanding human being," said Elliott, fully aware of the need to deliver during the club's final season at York Street.

"He cares, he wants to win. We share them same mannerisms.

"I'm really pleased for him and Neil (Kempster, vice-chairman), a lot of people involved at Boston.

"I knew how special this year was for Boston and just to have that tie (the replay against Rochdale at York Street on December 16), it's going to be an exciting night."