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King's Lynn Stars' boss praises co-promoter for his input at Adrian Flux Arena

King’s Lynn team boss Peter Schroeck praised co-promoter Dale Allitt as the Poultec Stars prepare to host Wolverhampton Wolves on Thursday in the Premiership.

Ex-Rye House boss Schroeck stepped in this season when presiding team manager Allitt fell victim to an illness of the brain.

Last season’s title runners-up Lynn are building momentum towards another play-off bid, and Schroeck paid tribute to his predecesor: “I do talk with Dale on a regular basis, you know.

Stars boss Peter Schroeck all smiles before the meeting with table topping Belle Vue.. (12948012)
Stars boss Peter Schroeck all smiles before the meeting with table topping Belle Vue.. (12948012)

"He’s recovering from his illness. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.

“At the end of the day he’s been here a long time and he knows a lot more about the club than I do. He lets me get on with it.

“If I need him I know where he is, which is a good thing to have.”

The transition has taken time, as Schroeck added: “Last year is last year and even Dale realises that. The team has been set up again like it was last year. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be successful this year. Of course we all want to do well.

“Dale is an important part of it. He has been not just a team manager, he is co-promoter, and he’s been here a long, long time. He knows all the ins and outs of what needs to be done within the club and is very helpful to me.

“It’s always tough to come in and take over the job of someone who’s been here for 13 years. I have to find my own feet. They’re leaving me to it, which is nice. When I need advice, Dale is the first person I call. We’ve got a really good working relationship.”

Team boss Dale Allitt at the end. (4731334)
Team boss Dale Allitt at the end. (4731334)

Allitt spoke for the first time at a post-meeting press conference in an official capacity last week – although he has been interviewed in the pits during a few meetings – since his illness at the beginning of the season.

While taking the microphone he remarked of the derby win over Ipswich Witches, using a classic beer advertising slogan: “If Carlsberg did local derbies, I think that would be it. I thought the riders did a fantastic job.”

Lynn need to maintain their unbeaten home league record against Wolves to keep in with a chance of the play-offs.

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