Former Vauxhall Motors joint-manager Anthony Wright  says he will look back on his time at the club with the ‘fondest  of memories’.

Wright departed the Rivacre Park hotseat at the end of the  season following the club’s announcement in March that they would be resigning from the Conference North and  dropping into the West Cheshire League next campaign,  owing to financial difficulties.

Alongside joint-manager Gary Martindale, Wright helped  keep the Motormen away from the relegation zone in their  final season, taking over the reins after popular manager  Carl Macauley had departed to be Chester FC’s assistant  manager in the wake of Motors’ shock announcement of  their resignation.

Wright, Martindale and Macauley had been familiar figures  on the touchline for Motors for many years as a well  established and well respected management team, and will  now link up once more after it was announced that they  would be the new team at Northern Premier League side  Marine.

 

Macauley was installed as manager at the Arriva Stadium  last week after being unable to commit to Chester FC’s  proposed full-time model and immediately set about getting  his old team back together once more.

“When I knew that Carl was going for the Marine job, I  thought there was a chance he might get me and Gary  involved as we have worked well in the past,” said Wright,  who spent 10 years as a player, coach and later manager of  Motors.

“It is a massive opportunity for us all and I’m delighted that  I’ll be back in football so soon after the disappointment of  having to leave Vauxhall’s.

“Vauxhall’s is a superb little club and we were all gutted  about the way it ended, but there is not a lot you can do. 

“Every season was a battle with next to no money and we  were just about surviving every year.

“Saying that, I had some of the fondest memories of my  career and the best times of my life at Motors over the 10  years I was involved there. I think I’ve done every job in that  place. I was a player, kit man, coach, manager. You name it,  I did it.

“It was gutting to leave but I’m sure they’ll be back. The  chairman has done everything to protect the club in the long  run.”

With all last season’s Motors squad now available as free  agents, Wright said that he, Macauley and Martindale were  yet to discuss next season’s personnel, but hinted that some  former Motors players could be on the Marine shopping  list.

“That is down to Carl and we haven’t really discussed  anything like that yet,” added Wright. “We had a great bunch of lads at Motors who we know very  well and we had some excellent footballers there who are  now without a club. Hopefully some can join us but it is very  early days yet and it will be a case of wait and see.”

One of Carl Macauley’s first decisions as manager of Marine was to fix up a friendly match at Vauxhall Motors for  July 24 (7.30).