NON-LEAGUE: Gallagher is new Wisbech boss

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FANS favourite Jackie Gallagher has taken over as manager of hometown club Wisbech Town.

FANS favourite Jackie Gallagher has taken over as manager of hometown club Wisbech Town.The one-time Posh star has stepped-up from the role of reserve team boss to replace another former London Road man Ian Benjamin who quit last week.

Benjamin walked out after having his budget slashed and took a swipe at the way the club is run.

Now chairman Barry Carter has turned to Gallagher and is backing him to bring some much-needed stability and success back to Fenland Park.

He said: "Jackie is Wisbech Town through and through - the club is in his heart. He was in charge of the reserves last season and can carry things on with the first team.

"We need some stability. We want the team and the management structure to be stable and I am confident Jackie will carry the good run on from the end of last season."

Gallagher has already appointed Roy McManus as his assistant and Carter believes the entire playing squad have committed themselves to a promotion bid in the newly-named Ridgeons Football League.

Carter added: "We understand that all of the current squad have committed themselves to Jackie.

"And we think it is a very good squad that we have here. We will need to have a look at possibly adding to it and could do with a couple of wide players."

Gallagher also starred for Torquay, Lincoln and Wolves in a lengthy professional playing career before taking in spells at Kettering, King's Lynn, Boston, Diss and Fakenham in between stints at Wisbech during his non-league days.

Gallagher has plenty of work to do before the season starts, but the busiest man in the local non-league football scene is new Holbeach chief Shaun Keeble.

He is busy rebuilding the reigning United Counties League champions after eight members of the title-winning squad followed former boss Dick Creasey to near neighbours Spalding.

But Keeble has now persuaded defender Dean Elston, Steve Barnes, Jason Callaby and Matt Warfield to sign and believes he is well on the way to assembling a squad with bags of passion and quality.

He said: "I came back off holiday to find a lot of players had left and was disappointed about how they had gone.

"You can't fault Dick for snapping them up but a few lads have committed to us and I expect to speak to a few more over the weekend.

"We're essentially a local club and I believe there are plenty of good players within a 10-mile radius.

"Some people might disagree but in my experience the local lads have plenty of passion for the club and that counts for a lot. Having a squad of happy players would mean a lot to me."