Sutton United's new man returns to basics for the Skrill Premier push

Down to earth: Peter Beadle is Paul Doswell's new right-hand man

Down to earth: Peter Beadle is Paul Doswell's new right-hand man

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Sutton United’s new head coach Peter Beadle is hoping his down to earth approach will help fulfil the ambition he has found inside Gander Green Lane.

The 42-year-old became the final cog in the United coaching staff at the end of June, alongside Matt Lockwood, who took up a player/coach role after his move from Dundee in June, and Jamie Lawrence, who arrived in February.

Beadle, who has managed at Newport County, Clevedon Town and Hereford United, has been impressed with what he has found.

He said: “When I spoke to Paul [Doswell] and Bruce [Elliott], the first impression I got was how well run it is.

“Within its limitations, it is as well run as any professional club I have been at. The ground is being developed and looks fantastic, and you can sense something special could happen.”

He added: “And then there was the vision and the ambition to get out of the Skrill South and the desire to do it right, to have everything in place.

“United did so well last season, and Paul did not want to make wholesale changes because he understands that you could undo a lot of the good things that have been done.

“I have also been impressed with how hard the players have been working in training, their attitude and application is spot on.”

As head coach Beadle has some big boots to fill after the departure of Paul Telfer, however he is hoping his 15-year career as a player, as well as managerial experience at non-League level, will provide a different catalyst to boost United to a higher level.

He said: “There is no denying Paul [Telfer] has fantastic experience having played at the top level and I know Paul [Doswell] thought very highly of him.

“But maybe I can offer a slightly different perspective on training having spent my time just below the very top level.”

He added: “Maybe I can bring a little down to earth thinking – for example, learning how to preserve energy through the season Beadle became a household name in non-League circles after he was made caretaker manager of Hereford United and kept them in the Skrill Premier on the final day of last season.

However, it proved in vain as Hereford were then kicked out of the Conference into the Southern League Premier Division, one step below United.

“After the euphoria of keeping them up, it was a huge shame to see them kicked out for failing to pay creditors, and now face the prospect of being wound up,” he said.

“It’s a great club with, like United, a rich history in the FA Cup and to see them drop out of existence would be dreadful.

“They still owe me money, and it was odd because after that final game of the season I never heard anything from anyone.”

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