Will Stan be the man for Dolly Blues?

Lancaster City caretaker manager Craig Stanley (photo: Tony North)
Lancaster City caretaker manager Craig Stanley (photo: Tony North)

Craig Stanley admits it is a case of ‘wait and see’ in his bid to become the next Lancaster City manager.

The former Morecambe midfielder has been in charge of first-team affairs for the past three games on a caretaker basis since Phil Brown’s 
resignation.

Stanley’s first game was a 2-0 defeat at current NPL 
Premier Division league leaders South Shields.

But on Saturday they picked up only their second point of the season in a 0-0 draw at home to North 
Ferriby United.

And on Tuesday they tasted victory for the first time, 
albeit they needed penalties to get past Radcliffe in the first round of the League Cup after a 2-2 draw at Giant Axe.

Stanley – who is being assisted by veteran striker Matty Blinkhorn – submitted his CV to the board on Monday and the cut-off date for new applications is Tuesday.

“It’s just a case of doing as well as we can and then seeing what happens,” said Stanley (35), who takes his team to 
Basford United this weekend.

“It’s out of my hands, but hopefully I have impressed the people who have been 
watching.

“Hopefully the fans have seen a difference especially in the last two home games.

“I don’t know whether that will make difference to the 
situation.

“If I get the job great, if I don’t then I still feel I have got a lot to offer as a player to 
whoever gets the job.

“It all depends on the chairman and the board. I don’t think I have done my chances any harm with the way the team has performed.

“But obviously we need to start winning in the league.”

This weekend’s opponents Basford are a team Stanley knows well.

He has worked at their impressive facilities – which boast a state-of-the-art 3G pitch – during his time as a coach at Notts County’s academy.

“Basford are going to be up for it and raring to go, so we have to make sure we are,” said Stanley

In the NPL First Division West, Clitheroe visit Ramsbottom United and Kendal Town host Prescot.

Longridge entertain AFC Blackpool in the NWCL First Division North tonight. Garstang are at home to Atherton LR tomorrow. In the NWCL Premier Division, Charnock Richard host Congleton.