PAUL Ogden, the legendary former manager of Northwich Vics, asked for the vacant Witton Albion post - and then turned it down.
Ogden led Vics on their epic FA Cup run in 1976-77 when they reached the fourth round proper, losing to Oldham Athletic in front of nearly 30,000 fans.
His Northwich side were pipped to the Northern Premier title on the last day of the season. But Ogden later moved to his home club Leek Town and quit non-league for 20 years.
He has been in charge of Leek for the past two years and told his idea of taking over at Witton, with ex-Albion player Nigel Deeley as assistant, to chairman Mike Worthington.
But his actions now look like a ploy to get a better deal from Leek, which is what happened on Sunday.
Worthington said: 'Paul's idea was he would be manager for 18 months and then Nigel would take over. So we would get an experienced manager able to hit the ground running, which is what we want, and a younger man ready to assume command.
'But on Sunday, both individuals met the Leek board and have decided to stay there.
'I am disappointed. The approach was made to me and I thought the new manager would be in charge on Monday night.'
Now Albion have drawn up a shortlist of five applicants and will interview them all on Sunday. Senior Witton player Dave Nolan, who has had spells in charge at Hyde and Kidsgrove, is among them.
'What we shall be doing is treating the manager's and assistant's position separately. It is usual a new manager brings his mate, but we will want to be satisfied with him as well first.'
Witton go to Bishop Auckland on Saturday.
On Thursday, shareholders approved accounts which showed Witton were still reducing a debt that stood at £300,000 when the club was in administration five years ago.
At the end of June they owed £105,000 after making a profit last season of £19,000, which is equal to the profit they have made from renting the ground to Northwich Vics.
With Vics leaving soon, Witton have started talks with two Football League clubs seeking a home for their reserve sides.
Witton were knocked out of the UniBond League Cup second round on Monday, losing 2-0 at home to Workington.