Peterborough Panthers boss praised by King's Lynn chief ahead of derby
New Stars boss Alex Brady paid tribute to Peterborough team manager Rob Lyon whose second-spot Panthers outfit play host to King’s Lynn tonight in a Premiership derby.
Lyon needs no introduction for Minors & Brady Stars fans as he guided the Norfolk side to a massive haul of second-tier Premier League trophies between 2005 and 2009 and almost won a top-flight title with the Elite League Stars side in 2014.
After stints with Great Britain and young riders, while also spending time with ex-Lynn Grand Prix racer Kenneth Bjerre, he was enticed back to management for this year by Panthers (and Lynn) owner Keith Chapman.
And, under his experienced hand, fellow veterans like Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris have kept Peterborough around the top two of the Premiership.
Lyon mentored Brady away at Sheffield prior to Brady’s first proper meeting as team manager against Belle Vue when Lynn managed their first home win of 2021.
Brady has also been getting guidance from co-promoter Dale Allitt who has taken charge of the Stars and Young Stars in the past.
Brady said: “Rob was a great mentor for me at Sheffield.
“I spent some time with him the night before Belle Vue as well - and Dale has obviously been brilliant for me as well.”
Lyon himself had to start somewhere, as Brady knows only too well.
“You’re right. If no-one gets given an opportunity, at some point we’re going to run out of people who have experience,” Brady added.
“It’s good and hopefully proves it can be done; and hopefully we can continue with some success now.”
Incidentally, as one online commenter pointed out, Brady’s elevation to the hot seat now means that three out of six Premiership teams (including the top two) have team managers who have never ridden in professional speedway.
One of Brady’s tasks will be to tweak aspects of his one-to-seven.
Kasper Andersen has made a welcome return to the club and he’s been joined at the club by all-effort British racer Ben Barker.
He replied: “Absolutely. It is the little changes we’re trying to make through a meeting.
“The boys are working with each other as well trying to find the right set-up.”