JOE Gibiliru has revealed he intends to leave Winsford United when the campaign is over even if his struggling side avoid relegation.
The beleaguered manager, who has seen his side win just once in 2009, believes the Blues can still survive but he confirmed his future lies elsewhere.
The revelation came after United salvaged a point from their Easter Monday home clash with Alsager Town, played in front of a bumper crowd of 157.
“I am leaving,” he said. “We have got three massive games and if we win two of those then I think we will be safe. Then someone else can come and take over because at the end of the season I will leave.”
On Monday, a 65th minute strike from Tony Sayer earned what may turn out to be a vital point for the Blues, after Andrew Whitney had given visiting Alsager the lead on eight minutes.
Gibiliru described the point as “well deserved” and said that the fans should have been pleased with what he said was a “good team performance”.
Winsford are still fourth-from-bottom on 35 points with St Helens Town and Flixton just one point behind.
St Helens, who occupy the last relegation spot have three games in hand on Winsford while Flixton have one.
The Blues now have three games to give themselves a fighting chance of staying up against Nelson, Abbey Hey and a six-pointer on the final day of the season at Flixton.
“It is getting pretty nervous now,” said Gibiliru. “The lads are really disappointed and to be fair, I cannot fault their efforts as they have worked hard and have not been helped by some key injuries.
“But it is our fault that we have got ourselves into this position so it is up to us to get ourselves out.
“We have to approach these three games as if they were a cup final because they are massive and the teams we are playing are all picking up points at the moment.”
The Blues take on 16th-placed Nelson on Saturday (3pm) and on Tuesday they travel to Abbey Hey, a team level on points with Winsford but with two games in hand.