PAUL MAYO has reassured Boston United fans they are in safe hands as he backed Graham Drury to transform their fortunes.
The new Pilgrims boss has endured an indifferent start to life in the dugout since succeeding Jason Lee which was compounded with a 7-1 defeat at Altrincham last week.
But Boston showed encouraging signs in the draw against Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend when former player Jamie Yates denied them bragging rights.
Mayo made his debut at the Northolme having been reunited with Drury after playing for him at spells at Corby and Stamford.
With some fans unimpressed with the start Drury has made, former Lincoln defender Mayo said he has no doubt the Pilgrims boss will have the club challenging at the top.
"If I am honest, and while it's not over until it's over, he won't really have made his mark until next season," he said.
"He will have put together his team and every time I have played for him, we have hit the ground running.
"We have been in the top three for the first couple of months.
"Mark my words, he will bring some quality players in. He is very persistent and he is a great man manager.
"I have no doubt he will do really well here, but, in my opinion, he may have to wait."
Mayo is only set to be with Boston for the next month because work commitments with Lincolnshire Police after February means he will only be available twice a month.
He admitted he is only helping Drury, who was without left-back Gareth Jelleyman who is struggling to play two games a week.
Mayo, who had not kicked a ball for two months prior to the game at Trinity, said he was happy to assist.
"I am only here to help out the manager," said Mayo, who will be available for Saturday's trip to Guiseley in the Blue Square Bet North.
"Graham and I go back a long way having played for him at Corby.
"I just said to him that if he needed help then I would be happy to.
"It was nice to be back, although it was not in my normal position of left-back, but left wing. It's not really where I play, but it was ideal game really because we sat deep.
"It was not about going past people and taking defenders on, but I didn't mind
"It's not going to be long term because I have a lot of work commitments at the minute.
"I'm pretty much free throughout February and after that it will be twice a month.
"I know Gareth Jelleyman is struggling to play twice a week so if I can help out, I will.
"I really enjoyed it and hopefully I can have a few more games because it still gives me a massive buzz."