With pre-season almost over for the majority of clubs in the United Kingdom, ex-Celtic and current Bolton Wanderers team manager Neil Lennon has come up against his toughest opponent of the season so far.
In a pre-season game against the National League North (the sixth tier of English football) club AFC Fylde, Bolton were held 1-1 by the team managed by an 11 year old. Daniel Fryer got the opportunity when a fellow Fylde supporter won the the chance to lead the club but could not attend, handing the role to Fryer.
With Fryer responsible for team-talks, press conferences and substitutions, the young man’s natural skill-set clearly unsettled the Lancashire club. His presence was so unsettling that Lennon, one of the most coveted managers in British football after his stint at Celtic Park, did not even attend the friendly, clearly worried about the possible mental impact that a defeat to such a talented young manager would have on his squad and his reputation.
Dave Challinor, AFC Fylde’s returning manager, must now be under increased pressure going into the forthcoming season. With such a talented youngster hot on his heels and in and around the ground as a ball boy, the pressure will be ramping up for continued success for the team.
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