Former Young Stars rider and boss happy to deputise at Adrian Flux Arena
Temporary team boss Scott Campos revealed how he stepped in at just a couple of days’ notice when King’s Lynn Stars manager Dale Allitt fell ill and spoke of the “great honour” in deputising at the 11th hour.
Allitt was struck down with a bad virus just prior to the March 28 press and practice day, so former Young Stars rider and boss Campos has had to take the reins for the opening two speedway matches of the season, which Lynn have lost.
Campos said of his elevation: “It was probably about two or three days before the press and practice day.
“It was something that was kind of just floated over to me.
"I spoke to Dale, I asked him a few questions, he told me what his opinion was and it kind of went on from there and we took it on as a temporary role.”
Campos confirmed that the virus was severe enough to knock the wind out of Allitt’s sails: “It knocked him, I wouldn’t say for six, it knocked him for 100! He’s getting there. We won’t rush him back.
“When he’s fit and well, he’ll be back. We speak most days. He’s always been there for a bit of advice and has been for the past week or so for meetings and stuff. He’s always there.
“He gets better every day, it’s just a case of when he’s ready to come back.
"There’s no timeframe, no, absolutely not, the main priority is getting him well and in enough of a position where he can travel around and be with the team.
“We know what Dale is like: he wants to get involved. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.”
Campos revealed he has been shadowing Allitt for much of the past few seasons.
“Last year it was most of the home meetings and a couple of away ones, but it was something that has happened over the last three or four years when I was still with the Young Stars and he was managing the Young Stars,” added Campos.
“It was something that has just accelerated a little bit for the beginning of the year.”
Campos has had little time to be nervous and an advantage is that: “It helped with the team being almost all there from last year so we all knew each other, really.
“It was easier to slot into it. There’s a bit more pressure on the role but it is what it is. We take it in our stride.
“We’re having a few little niggly bits and pieces. We’ll get these sorted, but settling in has not been a problem.”
He was personally proud to manage the senior team after briefly taking the helm of the currently-mothballed Young Stars: “I have a long association with King’s Lynn. It’s a club very dear to me.
"To be in this role, it’s a great honour.”