City in talks with ex-Morecambe assistant

Andy Mutch
Andy Mutch

Lancaster City are in talks with a potential new manager.

Director of Football Mick Hoyle met with former Morecambe assistant boss Andy Mutch prior to the Dolly Blues’s goalless draw with Mossley on Saturday.

Hoyle, also currently the club’s caretaker manager following the resignations of Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow, said discussions were on-going with the 49-year-old who left his last job as boss of Northwich Victoria in November.

However, The Guardian understands any deal is still some way off.

Hoyle said: “We met before the game on Saturday and had lunch.

“He was then a guest at the match and I’ve spoken to him since.

“Negotiations are on-going but there’s not much more to say at the moment.”

Former Wolves striker Mutch was Jim Harvey’s right-hand man at The Shrimps for three years in the early 2000s and has also had spells as manager of Vauxhall Motors and Burscough.

For the time being however, Hoyle will remain in temporary charge, assisted by Derek Bull and player-coach Ryan Elderton.

The trio saw the Dolly Blues battle to a creditable point against promotion-chasing Mossley at Giant Axe in the first game since Wainwright and Stringfellow left due to budget cuts.

He said: “They’d (Mossley) been top of the league for three-quarters of the season so they weren’t the easiest opponents to be coming up against given the week we’d had.

“I think we pipped the game 55-45 and had two or three good chances and I can’t really remember them having one.

“We could have got the three points but it’s nice to get a clean sheet and that gives us something to build on.

“One thing that must be said is that the numbers through the gate were slightly up and the supporters certainly got behind the team, which was great to see.”