MANAGER Steve King believes he will lead Northwich Vics to safety this year – and next season to promotion to the Football League.
The former Lewes boss, who took over at the Marston’s Arena last week, was impressed by his new side’s display in the 1-0 defeat at home to league leaders Burton Albion on Saturday.
And having been told by Brewers boss Nigel Clough that Vics deserved to win, King is eager to get Vics back on the Blue Square Premier winning trail.
He said: “I am a winner. I am full-on and I don’t leave any stone unturned.
“Since pre-season I have watched more than 70 games so I know what is out there.
“I have watched Northwich five or six times this season and they have never played like they did on Saturday.
“Having had success after success, what I want is promotion. Obviously we are not going to get that this year but next year I will be looking for a play-off spot.
“At the moment we have to concentrate on getting out of the bottom four and I am very confident that we will do that. Once we have then we can move on.”
Vics head to Stevenage on Saturday (3pm) still without the services of Joel Byrom and Lee Steele although King expects the duo to return from injury in the next two weeks.
The young Charlton Athletic pairing of Rashid Yussuff and Scott Wagstaff will almost certainly feature at Broadhall Way after impressing on debut.
Saturday’s defeat left Vics in 22nd place but the manner of their display proved to King that the current crop of players, with a couple of additions to be made in the near future, are capable of keeping Northwich in the Conference.
King also paid tribute to the fans, adding: “The supporters were magnificent and stayed behind to clap the players off. They knew that the lads had given them everything.”
Last week’s meeting between officials of Vics and rivals Witton Albion proved fruitless with Albion’s acting chairman Mark Harris stating they could not do anything to help Northwich.
But club owner Jim Rushe is eager to build a relationship between the two clubs and believes a ground-share venture in the future is a very real possibility.
He said: “Until people come to the table with an open mind then nothing will ever be achieved.
“I am surprised to hear Mark say that Witton Albion can’t help us because I never asked him for any help.
“I met Mark to shake his hand and see if both football clubs could help each other and perhaps start talks about one day sharing a nice new football ground as a developer is interested in their land.”
Former Northwich Vics manager Dino Maamria has joined Blue Square North outfit Hyde United.
The 34-year-old Tunisian was relieved of his duties last month after he was suspended by owner Jim Rushe.
Manchester United have moved their Reserve team fixtures from the Marston’s Arena to their previous home at Altrincham’s Moss Lane stadium.
A United spokesperson said they did not want to risk playing evening matches at Vics following the FA Cup match with AFC Telford United being abandoned to a major fault with the main generator at the ground.
For a match report of Vics’ match at Stevenage visit www.northwichchronicle.co.uk