RETURNING boss Gary Finley has one job – to keep Witton Albion in the UniBond Premier.
That is the message being given to the new manager after he rejoined the club at the weekend following the surprise sacking of Nigel Deeley.
Finley, who was last at the helm at Wincham Park during the 2004-2005 season, finds Witton in a precarious position in 22nd position and without a win since September 2.
He will be joined in the dug out by former Albion favourite Lee Coathup who played in Witton’s FA Trophy Final side at Wembley in 1992. He made 100 appearances for the club.
Acting chairman Mark Harris believes Finley is the right man to steer Witton away from the drop zone and in the meantime give the club’s loyal fans something to shout about.
He said: “Gary’s teams are highly organised, and will in time follow the Witton Albion tradition of attacking football.
“In the meantime however, his brief is very simple – to keep Witton Albion in this division. This will mean having to grind out results, and it may not be pretty in the short term.”
Harris also paid tribute to Deeley who left the club after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Eastwood Town, a Dan Skelton strike being Witton’s small mercy.
He added: “The decision to relieve Nigel Deeley of his duties was not taken lightly, or unilaterally. Nigel holds – and will continue to hold – a very special place in the heart of all Wittoners. However we cannot afford to fall further behind.”
Albion have no game this weekend but play host to Congleton Town on Tuesday in the Cheshire Senior Cup quarter-finals (7.45ko).