LIAM McDonald has allayed fears that he can be tempted away from Redditch United to take the reins at another club.
The gifted young manager has been one of the season’s success stories after transforming the Reds from perennial relegation strugglers in the Calor Southern League Premier into a side vying for a top ten place.
Last week he was linked with manager’s vacancy at Skrill Premier Nuneaton Town after Kevin Wilkin joined Wrexham.
But McDonald has been quick to reassure fans he is only focused on a strong end to the season for United.
He said: “I do want to become a full-time manager but I am not ready for that yet and I am very happy at Redditch United.
“Chris Swan showed faith in me and has also been very supportive.
“People have asked me about job at Nuneaton but there is nothing in it at all, I think people are making assumptions.
“I will want to sit down with Chris at the end of the season to discuss our plans for next season.”
United are one of the county’s form teams after carving out a seven game unbeaten run in all competitions.
They booked their place in the final of the Worcestershire Senior Cup with a 2-0 win over Worcester City last Tuesday, sealed by strikes for Omari Sterling-James and Ashley Sammons.
They will now take on Evesham United on May 6.
United also cemented their top half of the table positions with a 2-0 win at Hitchin Town, secured by Edwin Ahenkorah’s deadly double.
McDonald said: “Edwin was flying earlier in the season but he suffered an injury has n’t quite got back to that level.
“But he thoroughly deserved his man of match award and scored two good goals.
“It’s important we have people like Edwin and Jamie Molyneux pushing Omari Sterlijg-James and Jermaine Hylton.”
United are set for a test with two home games in three days.
Tonight they entertain play-off chasing Poole Town (7.45pm ko),who have a host of games in hand on the top five, and then tackle Chesham United on Saturday (3pm ko).
“To be honest, before the Hitchin game I set a challenge for the players to take all nine points,” said the manager.
The manger has also challenged 11th-placed Redditch to halve their minus 20 goal difference in their final eight league matches.