Nicholson aims for winning finish and full-time role at Wakefield FC

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STEVE Nicholson has confirmed his desire to stay on as Wakefield FC player-manager next season.

Nicholson took charge in October, initially until the end of the season, after Ronnie Glavin changed roles to become Head of Youth Development at the club.

The full-back has enjoyed a successful stint as Bears boss, leading his side to 15th in Evo-Stik Division 1 North.

He’s keen to stay on as manager and has already held informal discussions with the Wakefield board as the season reaches its climax.

“I’d definitely like to continue (as manager),” he said.

“It’s a tough job, I have to tie it in with work, but it’s something that I’ve really enjoyed.

“The lads have all been great and we’ve had some good results which has helped.”

He continued: “I had a chat with Pete Bevils, Pete Matthews and Dan Brownhill recently, it was nothing formal, but we spoke about players for next season.

“I think informally I was offered the job, but I’ll have to sit down with them again at the end of the season to have a more formal talk.”

Nicholson has guided the Bears to ten wins, ten defeats and five draws since the turn of the year.

And he’s looking to finish the season on a high - with a potential top-half finish at stake.

“I want us to win all three of our remaining games,” he said.

“If we get nine points and other results go our way then we have a chance of finishing in the top half and that would be great.

“I didn’t want us to finish the season scrapping away in the bottom four or five, I wanted us away from that and as high up the table as possible.

“We want to get that winning momentum going so we can take it into next season.”

The Bears will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Lancaster City on Saturday before struggling Harrogate Railway Athletic provide the penultimate home match of the season on Monday (both kick-off at 3pm).

Ossett Albion will aim to make it back-to-back wins when Woodley Sports visit the Warehouse Systems Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Eric Gilchrist’s men beat Durham City 2-1 at home in midweek and will look to finish their season on a high.

In the Premier Division Ossett Town travel to North Ferriby United today before FC Halifax Town provide the opposition at Stade France on the final day of the season on Monday (both kick-off at 3pm).

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