‘I’d like Clitheroe FC job’: Blues interim manager Lee Sculpher

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DESPITE dampening down talk of filling the managerial vacancy at Shawbridge, interim Blues boss Lee Sculpher has admitted that he’d love to remain at the club in some capacity.

The club has considered 29 applications for the hot seat, but after detailed discussion, Clitheroe FC’s executive committee, comprising chairman Anne Barker, Andrew Jackson, Colin Wilson and Chris Musson, a decision was made to vest full control of team affairs to Sculpher and Dave Burgess until the season’s culmination.

And the former Blues defender admitted that he’d be delighted to play a role at the Ribble Valley club once a permanent appointment is made. “I’m delighted I’m here until the end of the season.,” said Sculpher.

“There’s nothing more than I’d like to do than be a manager.

“I’ve had further discussions with Anne Barker about it but unfortunately I can’t dedicate the time to it. I’d love to do it as everyone knows I love the club. That’s no secret.”

He added: “Whoever they appoint in the future, if they want me to become assistant or remain at the club in some capacity then that offer’s there. We will just have to see who gets the job.”

Sculpher did his reputation and popularity no harm after, alongside Lancashire FA chief executive Burgess, guiding the Blues to successive victories. The pair followed up a 1-0 victory away at Salford City with a 2-0 triumph over Warrington Town on home soil on Saturday, with an Oliver Devenney double helping to propel the Blues away from the danger zone.

“We are delighted with the win and I thought the performance merited it as well,” Sculpher said.

“It’s down to the players. We’ve given the instructions and they’ve taken everything on board and done everything we’ve asked. In that respect, it’s looking all rosy in the garden.

“The two clean sheets are an absolute bonus. We’ve been really well organised and defended well as a unit. Everyone has done stuck to their task and worked hard.”

The temporary boss added: “I think it’s lifted confidence and morale. They all seem really cheerful and bright and they’ve taken that in to the game. We were playing a side that had lost once since Christmas. That shows how well we played to get the result. It shows the ability of the players and shows they are capable.”

The Blues are now nine points from the First Division North relegation zone with 34 points.

But Sculpher won’t be resting on his laurels and is eager to hit the 40-point mark as soon as possible, starting with a trip to 19th place Prescot Cables on Saturday.

“They are in a not too dissimilar position to us in the league table,” he said.

“I’m confident that we can go there and get a result especially considering our last two results. We want to keep this mini revival going and stay unbeaten for as long as we can. Historically it’s a difficult place to go and I don’t expect it to be any different this weekend. We believe in ourselves now though.”

He added: “We’ve got to make sure. While it’s still mathematically possible we’ve still got to go out there and get the points.

“There’s six games left so I’m targeting the 40-point mark. We want to win games and make sure.”