Johnson Hippolyte has confirmed he will remain as manager of Staines Town next season after initial talks with chairman Matt Boon.
Having turned around Swans fortunes since his arrival – the team taking 14 points out of the last 21 in Ryman Premier to guarantee safety all bar the mathematics – the former Maidenhead United chief has fulfilled his remit of keeping the club in division after a torrid season.
‘Drax’ revealed he and Boon had spoken on the phone and, but for crossing the Ts and dotting the Is, he will stay at Wheatsheaf Park to spearhead what is hoped will be a play-off campaign.
It is a decision which will delight Swans’ fans.
“I rang Matt to ask him what was in his thinking because I needed to know and the players need to know,” he explained. “I said to him ‘let’s have a conversation one way or the other’ and he said he wants me to stay which I’m happy about and which I want to do.
“We’ve just got to sit down and tie-up the last little bits and pieces, like budgets and so on and do what’s best for Staines Town.
“Some of our players are already being tapped up. Nobody has been spoken to yet but I know who I want to keep and who I want to sign so we can take it from here.”
Hippolyte has completely transformed results after bringing in a number of new players since his arrival on February 11 and he continued: “I’d like to think I have made an impression.
“When I first met Matt and Ken [Williams, vice-chairman], I told them what I’m all about and what I do and how I like to do it.
“They believed in me and trusted me and I’d like to think I’ve done what I said I’d do, so that’s good. Now we just want to finish as high as we can. I’ve identified one or two teams which, if I’m honest, I want to finish above. So we’re not on our holidays yet, put it that way.”
The boss is already plotting improvements and he reckoned: “We need another centre-half, a Ben Martin type, someone big, strong, with a bit of experience, as we are a young side. “Someone who is no nonsense and who just wants to defend. We also need another striker to be honest as we can’t just depend on Coxy [Pat Cox] and Coxy only.
“I’m quite happy with the midfield. We’ve got some good players in the middle of the park. And we could do with maybe a natural wide player. But again, it’s all about finance, it’s all about getting the right person in.
“I’ll be honest, my phone is ringing all the time. Because it’s a good club and people know that and want to come to Staines. I’d like to think they want to come and play for me too.
“It’s just getting the right player, for the right money, who want to come to us for the right reasons.”