Phil Parkinson has gone on record to say the opportunity to revive troubled Altrincham was the reason he gave up on a job he loved at Nantwich Town.
Unlike Alty, the Dabbers have had a great season and they were unlucky to lose in the EvoStik Northern Premier League playoffs.
It’s a far cry from the recent years at Moss Lane. The Robins have had a miserable two years, suffered relegation twice and will now play at Step 3 for the first time since the turn of the millennium.
So why did he trade in the Weaver Stadium for a club whose fortunes have taken a turn for the worst?
“It’s such an historical, huge club,” said Parkinson, who hopes his early appointment can enhance the chances of a return to the Vanarama National League North.
“To be manager here is something I have always aspired to, in terms of kicking on in management. This is a massive, massive step for me to take. I am really looking forward to it and relishing the challenge. I just can’t wait for it to begin now.
“The team are in freefall after two successive relegations, but, for me, next season is going to be all about positives, nothing else. We are going to have a promotion push. We are going to be a team pushing at the top end of the table.”
He told the club’s website that seeing the club at the right end of the EvoStik League table is the only thing that will do.
“I only see good things moving forward for Altrincham, otherwise I would not be here. If I didn’t realistically think I could make that happen, I wouldn’t have taken the job.
“I’m sure that after two really poor seasons, these players will want to be part of a promotion push, rather than a relegation battle, and will be relishing the chance to make it happen. If I was a player, I know I would want that.”