Hughes Up For The Challenge Of Lynn Repeat Show

King’s Lynn Town’s new manager Mark Hughes believes staying full-time next season boosts the club’s chances of another great campaign.

It was a year to remember for the National League North club, despite falling just short in their quest for promotion.

Finishing two points behind champions AFC Fylde, the Norfolk club also enjoyed a great FA Cup run.

They coped well with the sudden departure of manager Tommy Widdrington to Aldershot, even if they couldn’t win the play-offs.

Hughes impressed chairman Stephen Cleeve enough to land the job after acting as caretaker - and he accepted within seconds.

He hasn’t had it all his own way so far after King's Lynn skipper Michael Clunan left the Linnets to join Scunthorpe United.

But with plenty of movement expecting fans have every right to be excited again.

“After the defeat in the semi-final to Kidderminster Harriers, I met the chairman,” Hughes said.

“It was a brief conversation at first - he asked me to take the role and it was a position which I was delighted to accept.

“We’re speaking to players all the time. I hope we’re going to have a young and exciting team.

“They’re going to be working hard for each other and will hopefully continue the great work from last season.

“We’re staying full-time and it gives us more time with the players. The more time you get, the fitter the players will be.

“We want to get off to the same start we had last season, that put us in a great position to challenge.

“We’re going to work as hard as we can to provide the fans with a team similar to what we saw last year,” he told club’s YouTube channel.

Today, Adrian Whitbread joined as Hughes' assistant manager.

Paul Jones will also stay on as player-coach.

“It’s an important season for us and we really want to hit the ground running and challenge again,” Hughes said.

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