New Lancaster City boss Phil Brown is delighted to be back at a club that means so much to him.
A former player and assistant manager, the head of football at Myerscough College has been handed the task of taking the Dolly Blues forward after the departures of Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair.
Brown is under no illusions about the challenge that faces him but cannot wait to get going.
Tony Hesketh’s former No.2 said: “I enjoyed my previous two spells here and it’s a club really close to my heart.
“I’m really pleased to be back and looking forward to getting stuck in. It’s not going to be easy. I’m not kidding myself. It’s going to be a challenge but I’m up for it.”
During his last spell with City as Hesketh’s right-hand man, Giant Axe became the home for several of his promising Myerscough players, with Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon and Rochdale’s Joe Bunney going on to turn professional in the Football League.
There are no plans for a formal link-up this time around but Brown will tap into whatever resources he can as he looks to fire the Blues up the table.
He said: “I’m coming in to manage Lancaster City.
“Like any manager I’ll use the resources I’ve got and I’ll sign players from wherever.
“There will be no direct link-up with Myerscough but if there are players good enough for Lancaster City then that’s fine, but if they can come from elsewhere that’s fine too.”
Now Brown is back at a club where he hopes to add to the already fond memories he has from his time as a player and assistant manager.
He said: “When I was playing here I was in the twilight of my career. I was here under Tony and Barrie Stimpson around 2001 and was fortunate to play with players like Andy Whittaker, Brian Welch and Dean Martin.
“When I came back as Tony’s assistant we had some great players who have gone to play higher up like Andy Teague, Paul Jarvis, Alex Kenyon and Joe Bunney. It’s good to be back.”
Brown had a baptism of fire in his first game in charge as the Dolly Blues lost 4-0 to Northwich Victoria for their FA Trophy preliminary round replay.
His first league game at the helm will be at Brighouse Town on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Kendal travel to Glossop and Clitheroe visit New Mills.