Darren Peacock admitted making his long-awaited bow as Lancaster City boss was a “surreal” experience.
The head coach took charge for the final game of the season at Salford City on Saturday and the former Premier League defender was pleased with what he saw, despite a 1-0 defeat.
Peacock, who took over a fortnight ago but had other commitments to fulfill before his first appearance in the dugout, said: “It was a bit surreal.
“I’ve been waiting to get going for a while. It was good to get a taste of things.
“I was pleased with everything apart from the result.
“The lads were really committed and put everything into it.
“It was an end of season game and you know what they are like most of the time and it could have been the same especially when there’s no chance of getting promoted or being relegated.
“But Saturday definitely gives us something to build on.”
The game at Moor Lane, which also represented Peacock’s return to football after 13 years out since early retirement, was decided by a Chris Thompson goal 20 seconds after half-time despite City having enough chances to take the three points.
The head coach said: “I think we could have won the game in the first-half but that’s the way games go.
“To concede the goal when we did is always a bad time and it took us 15 minutes to get going again but we still had enough chances in the second half to get something.”
The hard work really starts now for Peacock as he looks to assemble a squad capable of competing at the top of the Evo-Stik First Division North next season.
He said: “We start back on June 20 and we’ll be keeping in touch with the players to make sure they are keeping trim.
“They’ve all been invited back and as far as I’m aware they want to come back which is pleasing.
“We’ll also be trying in the close season to find the right players who want to come to the club.”
Peacock also emphasised he was looking to develop what he saw as a promising squad.
He said: “The best thing is that it’s a young squad that you can develop and turn into better players.
“Over pre-season I’ll be able to have a closer look.”