THE rebuilding job has begun at Hayes & Yeading United following the appointment of Phil Babb as manager.
Babb had barely taken his seat at the Beaconsfield Road club before the phone started ringing off the hook.
In the 72 hours immediately following his appointment, the Gazette can reveal Babb was offered close to 100 players.
With only Luke Williams and Daniel Wishart contracted to United for next season, the former Liverpool star has a blank canvas to work with.
It is understood that midfielder John Goddard (pictured) has been offered a new deal and was close to agreeing terms on Tuesday night.
Former Reading youngster Goddard made 30 appearances in the red shirt last season, although a third of those came from off the bench. He was often used as an impact substitute but was a big influence during the closing weeks of the campaign, as Blue Square South safety was secured.
Babb held a six-hour meeting with coaching staff and director of football Tony O’Driscoll on Saturday, when initial plans for next season were drawn up.
Last season’s playing staff were discussed and potential targets were identified as the new manager looks to put his own stamp on the squad.
Having spent two years working as a football agent, Babb has a wide network of contacts to help him with recruitment in his first managerial job.
Initial contact has been made with Babb’s primary transfer targets and the Hayes & Yeading chief is hopeful of getting business done quickly.