City boss Hesketh to remain at club

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LANCASTER City boss Tony Hesketh is set to continue as the club’s manager next season.

Hesketh is currently in negotiations with Dolly Blues chairman Mick Hoyle about his future with both sides keen to get the situation resolved after City narrowly missed out on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs despite a thumping 5-1 win over Warrington on Saturday.

However, his long-time assistant Phil Brown is set to step down due to work commitments.

Brown’s position as head of the Football Development Centre at Myerscough College has seen many of the college’s most promising players represent the Dolly Blues, including this season’s top goalscorer Danny Hattersley, who joined Stockport County in March.

The link between City and the college looks set to carry on despite Brown’s resignation.

Hoyle said: “Myself and Tony are currently in negotiations. We want him to stay, and he wants to stay.

“We’ve just got to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

“Unfortunately Phil has resigned. but he has indicated to myself he hopes the relationship between himself, Myserscough and Lancaster City will continue.

“We’re meeting early next week where hopefully we can sit down and sort things out.”

Brown followed Hesketh to the Giant Axe from Chorley when the Dolly Blues boss returned to the club in April 2009.

Brown will be in charge of City’s reserve side in their Lancashire League Cup final at Giant Axe this Saturday, April 28.

The Dolly Blues second string are expected to field a mix of first-team players and stars of the future for the game at Giant Axe at 3pm.

Hoyle said he was disappointed the club had not reached their pre-season aim of the play-offs but pointed to the departure of Hattersley as Hesketh’s side fell away at the end of the campaign.

He said: “We had a bad Easter and that has cost us a play-off place.

“I don’t think there was much chance of automatic promotion with AFC Fylde and Curzon but I felt at one point we were odds on for the play-offs.

“Losing Danny Hattersley was obviously a big blow. He was our leading goalscorer and has gone on to score five goals in six games for Stockport.

“But we didn’t want to stand in his way of moving to a higher level and we get a percentage of any sell-on clause.”