Lancaster City appoint new joint bosses

NEIL Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow have been appointed new joint managers of Lancaster City.

The pair, who regularly work together as part of the youth scheme at Morecambe FC, take over following Tony Hesketh's sacking last month.

They will remain part of the playing staff but say they will only pick themselves when needed.

Chairman Mick Hoyle, who had been acting as caretaker manager, will now become the Dolly Blues' director of football, and will oversee all football-related matters at the club.

Derek Bull has been named fitness coach.

Wainwright, who has helped out in the dugout when named as a substitute this season, said: "It's brilliant.

"I've certainly enjoyed directing stuff from the sidelines and feel I've made a difference.

"Me and Michael have worked side-by-side on a regular basis so we know we've got the same ideas and I think we can bring something really good to the club."

On how often he was likely to play, he said: "The ideal scenario is if the lads don't need us.

"We'd rather win without playing but we're always available if need be.

"I'm just looking forward to getting in amongst the lads. They've been asking if we've applied for the job for the last couple of weeks which is really nice because it means they've got respect for us."

Former Dolly Blues skipper Stringfellow said: "I'm absolutely delighted.

"I started at Lancaster City when I was 12 years old and it's like I've come full circle.

"Over the last year Neil and I have been coaching together pretty much every day so we've built up a relationship and know we're on the same wavelength and have the same ethics when it comes to taking the club forward.

"Everyone knows we haven't got the biggest budget so we will look to develop the players we've got and look for local talent, and I've been doing that for nearly 10 years now.

"We've both done our coaching badges recently so are fresh into it and we want to improve the talented, young players that are here and I'm sure we'll learn along the way too."

Hoyle said: "We have gone through a very difficult period with the departure of Tony Hesketh.

"But we do feel that we have turned a corner in the last three or four weeks after taking taking the steps we felt were needed to move the club forward.

"I'm delighted Neil and Michael have agreed to take the position as joint managers and I and the board of directors wish them well.

"I hope the supporters of Lancaster City Football club will get behind them."

The new management team's first game will be a trip to Harrogate Railway this Saturday.

Stringfellow is a doubt with a knee problem with Wainwright set to be named as a substitute.

The former Morecambe, Sunderland and Darlington winger said: "I think I'll be on the bench so the pair of us will be in the dugout.

"That means we'll be starting off as we mean to go on."