Riversiders set to install Baker as permanent boss

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Lee Baker is set to remain as Garstang manager next season after holding positive discussions with chairman Adrian Wilding.

The former Riversiders player took control of first-team affairs on a temporary basis until the end of the season in March after the shock resignation of Neil Crossley.

Previously the reserve team manager, Baker has done a sterling job in the couple of months he has been in charge.

After losing eight players who left after Crossley’s departure, 30-year-old Baker led the club to the final of the Richardson Cup for the first time in its history.

Although they were well beaten in the final at the County Ground, in Leyland, by WLL Premier Division title hopefuls Charnock Richard, Baker has won plaudits for his efforts.

And it now seems certain that he will take the job on permanently.

“How it stands is I would like to stay on and I think the committee are quite happy for me to stay,” Baker said.

“Hopefully people will give me a chance.

“A few people have said to me that they will judge me on next season, but I see that as a bit of an insult.

“Not many clubs after losing their manager and eight players would have got through to a cup final. I think I have done a good job.”

After having their season extended by a fornight due to the amount of games postponed over the winter months, Garstang have found themselves in the quirky position of not having kicked a ball in anger for 14 days

Last night’s match away at Crookland Casuals was their first outing since the Richardson Cup Final.

“The game against Crookland is our first game in two weeks, which is ridiculous really. I don’t know why it’s panned out like that,” Baker said.

On Saturday, they travel to Southport Hesketh, before their final game of the season at home to Thornton Cleveleys.