New boss Hayes is at Star for the long haul

Matt Porter scores from 35 yards for Northern Star at Wisbech. Picture: Tim Gates

Matt Porter scores from 35 yards for Northern Star at Wisbech. Picture: Tim Gates

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Seb Hayes hopes he can deliver long-term success at Northern Star.

Hayes and director of football Dom Genovese have been handed the managerial post on a full-time basis after a successful spell in a caretaker capacity.

Their brief is to continue bringing through young players from the club’s own youth set-up and the local area while being competitive on the pitch.

Former Huntingdon boss Hayes said: “I’m delighted to be considered good enough to take on the role full-time alongside with Dom.

“I know the club well and I know the direction it is committed to going in.

“It is a massive challenge to try to compete by unearthing, nurturing and holding onto our own talent.

“Hopefully we can be successful, but it is not going to be an overnight process.

“We will always look to finish as high as we can and have good cup runs along the way. There will be lows as well as highs.”

Hayes says it would be ‘foolish’ not to expect the departure of some players this summer.

Star completed their UCL Premier Division season with an exciting 3-3 draw at second-placed Wisbech on Tuesday and are likely to finish seventh.

Matt Porter, Phil Stebbing and Edison Fernandes scored the goals for Star.

Star are chasing county glory next Tuesday (April 21) when they take on Conference North strugglers Brackley Town in the Northants Hillier Senior Cup final at Sixfields, the home of Northampton Town FC.