Paul Ward says he would love to remain at Sleaford Town for years to come.
However, he was quick to stress that he would only do so if he was the right man to take the club forward.
The Eslaforde Park club will always have a special place in the Town manager’s heart after he made 519 appearances for the side in a 24-year period between 1988 and 2012.
He also acted as assistant for Brian Rowland, now the club president, during part of his 30-plus years as Sleaford manager.
When asked if he would like to emulate Rowland’s longevity with Town, Ward (pictured) said: “If that would bring success to the club, then yes.
“It’s more about the club than me.
“I want this club to keep progressing, and if that can happen with me as manager then I would be happy to stay on.”
Ward has already stressed that he will run the rule over the club’s youth and reserve sides, with the intention of freshening things up by promoting from within.
And helping those making the step up to become first-team regulars is very much part of his plan.
“It’s up to me to give others at the club a chance, and to help them develop,” he added. “That’s what I want to do.
“I’d like to help them improve to a higher level of football.”