Carl Macaulay and his assistant Gary Martindale will be leading Witton Albion next season, whatever happens in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South play-offs.
In a boost for fans after the club’s decision to accept a three-point penalty on Tuesday for playing an ineligible player handed the title to Shaw Lane AFC, officials at the NetDec Stadium announced that the duo had signed new contracts running until May 2019.
Witton chairman Mark Harris told supporters he was delighted to agree new deals with the pair, who arrived in November 2015 before overseeing a dramatic improvement in playing fortunes and masterminding this season’s run in the Buildbase FA Trophy and bid for promotion with a play-off spot already guaranteed, despite their decision not to appeal against the sanction.
Harris said: “Its fantastic news for the club that Carl and Gary have committed themselves to this project. We first agreed the principle of contracts before Christmas but since then the focus has been on mounting a promotion challenge. We’ve now nailed down terms and contracts are signed.
“Throughout their time at the club both Carl and Gary have been supremely professional. They have brought much-needed stability and their quality of player recruitment has been quite superb. Their exploits have attracted interest from other clubs so its testament to the faith they have in what we are jointly trying to achieve that they have decided to stay and hopefully finish what they’ve started”.