MICK Fuller’s AFC Fylde journey has now come full circle and the caretaker manager admits he he has idea which direction the story will head from here, writes ANDY MOORE.
Fuller had dedicated much of the last 15 years to the Warton-based club formerly known as Kirkham & Wesham and is its most successful manager, yet his future there has never been more uncertain.
Fuller led the club up the non-league pyramid and triumphed in the FA Vase at Wembley in 2008 only to see Kelham O’Hanlon appointed above him 18 months later.
But after O’Hanlon’s sudden departure on Monday, with Fylde 16 points off the pace in Evo-Stik First Division North, Fuller is again holding the fort.
And with chairman David Haythornthwaite away in Germany on business until tomorrow, it seems certain that club stalwart Fuller will be in charge for Saturday’s home clash with Woodley Sports.
He knows the Kellamergh Park dressing rooms better than anyone but admits it will be a strange feeling this weekend. Fuller told The Gazette: “It was a shock and it’s a bit awkward. I have enjoyed working with Kelham for two years and we worked well together.
“I was in the same position in 2009 when Kelham was brought in, so now it has come full circle I can sympathise with him.
“It’s just a case of trying to pick up where we left off and continuing the momentum. He’s done some excellent work and I think it’s just a case of finetuning.
“But we have been conceding goals and not scoring too many lately, so that is something we have to address.”
Fuller was due to conduct his first training session last night, when a discussion with the players was planned.
He added: “I’m sure the players will have things to say but I have to stress the need to stick together.
“I’m sure there will be no shortage of applicants and the club has promised to keep me updated, but in the meantime I’m back in charge and whether it’s one week, two weeks or whatever we need to get back on the rails.”