VAUXHALL Motors have turned to former boss Carl Macauley in a last-ditch bid to save their season.
Macauley stepped down as manager last October due to personal reasons and swapped role with assistant boss Andy Mutch.
But with Motors struggling at the foot of the Blue Square North table, Macauley – whose off-the-field issues have now been resolved – has agreed to swapped roles with Mutch.
Macauley’s brief is simple – to save the Motormen from relegation, just as he did when he first became manager back in December 2005. But with just 10 games of the season remaining, the former Burscough player doesn’t have much time to play with.
Macauley said: “This is a tough job. I have some ideas but I am not necessarily looking to change the personnel.
“You have to have faith in the lads and we have a lot of youngsters but enough experienced heads to guide them.”
Mutch’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 6-0 home loss to Kettering Town.
Reflecting on the former Wolves striker’s exit, Macauley said: “Andy managing the club was only ever temporary.
“He found that with work commitments he was struggling to get to the club twice a week. My family situation is now resolved so when Andy left the chairman asked me to take over again and I agreed.”
For now, Macauley will tackle the relegation battle alone while he considers the need for an assistant.
“I’m concentrating on the job in hand now and I will look at the situation and see if I need an assistant,” he said.
“Right now it is just me and the team and we have 10 hard games which we need to get something from in order to stay up.”
Motors chairman Alan Bartlam said: “I would like to place on record our grateful thanks to Andy for looking after matters for the last few difficult months.
“No manager competing at our level on such a small budget is ever going to find things easy, but we had a couple of really good cup results while Andy was in charge.
“Now Carl has decided he is ready to resume and full credit to him for that. Everyone at the club will be 100 per cent behind him.”
Motors have two games in the coming week. They are away to Alfreton Town (3pm) on Saturday, and host Boston United at Rivacre Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).