Trevor Sinclair is ready to lead Lancaster City again if required at league leaders Salford City on Saturday.
Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock has been struggling with a virus meaning former England international Sinclair oversaw the 0-0 draw at Scarborough on Saturday.
With Peacock still under the weather Sinclair is now poised to take City to top of the table Salford this weekend.
Sinclair, who turned 42 on Monday, said: “Darren has a bit of a virus and we’re seeing how it goes for Salford.
“Ian (Hughes, reserve team manager) has made sure he’s available as well if the gaffer can’t make it to lead the boys.
“Because Darren’s been so generous it wasn’t that much different for me at Scarborough.
“I always take the warm-up, which was the same, and he lets me be as vocal as I want.
“Pre-game before the lads go out I always say one or two things as well.
“It’s helpful we’ve got that relationship.”
Sinclair’s first game ‘in charge’ was a memorable one for the former Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and Manchester City winger as his players battled hard for a point at Scarborough, fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division North.
Because Darren’s been so generous it wasn’t that much different for me at Scarborough
He said: “It was a fantastic.
“We set out with a game plan which we have from game to game and all that was missing was a goal.
“Defensively we were outstanding, not just the back four and the goalkeeper, the team as a whole had a great shape.”
City’s tough run goes on at Moor Lane against the table toppers backed by a group of Manchester United legends.
Sinclair said: “They’re setting the standard at the moment.
“They’ve got glamorous owners and are getting a lot of attention.
“It will be a good test for us.
“But the lads are full of confidence and belief in the way we’re trying to play.
“We were a bit disappointed with the home game (a 2-0 defeat) because we didn’t do ourselves justice.
“But the lads were great on Saturday and took responsibilty for the gaffer not being there.
“We’re hoping for more of the same.”
There is a supporters coach heading to Salford on Saturday which leaves Giant Axe at 12.30pm.
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