Interim Linnets boss in positive discussions about his future

Interim boss Mark Hughes wants the King’s Lynn Town managerial job on a full-time basis – but nothing will be rubber-stamped until the club’s destiny for next season is decided.

The National League North season reaches its conclusion on Saturday – and the Linnets could still clinch promotion on the final day of a dramatic campaign at home to Curzon Ashton.

The title race is now out of their hands after AFC Fylde’s 2-0 victory over Saturday’s opponents on Tuesday night.

King's Lynn Town interim boss ,ark Hughes
King’s Lynn Town interim boss ,ark Hughes

But victory against The Nash, who still have play-off aspirations of their own, at The Walks and a draw or defeat for Fylde at Bradford PA – who need a win to stay up – would see Lynn leapfrog the Coasters and win automatic promotion.

Since being installed in the hot seat a month ago, Hughes has guided the Linnets to four successive wins to put the team within touching distance of automatic promotion.

Speaking about his future, Hughes said: “I’m thankful to the chairman for showing his confidence in me.

“All I will say at the moment is that there have been some positive discussions about me taking the job on a full-time basis, but I’m not going to say anymore than that.

“The most important aspect for me is the team and where we are going to be. There will be no pressure on the lads on Saturday and I want us to go out and express ourselves on the pitch.

“We’ve got another big game and we’ve put ourselves in a really good situation going into the final day of the season.

“There’s a massive job for us to do against Curzon Ashton and the message to the players won’t be any different from what it has been in the last few weeks.

“When you think Fylde were eight points clear of us with two games in hand a few weeks ago, we’ve put ourselves in a really good position.”

Another bumper crowd is expected at The Walks and Hughes admitted that the fans have a massive part to play as Lynn look to bounce straight back and win promotion to the National League at the first attempt.

“I believe ticket sales have been really good and the fans have been brilliant for us, home and away,” he said.

“They out-sung the Darlington fans last weekend. All you could hear was our supporters and that gave the players such a big lift.”

Lynn are expected to name a similar squad to the one that defeated the Quakers 3-1 last weekend.

But their injury woes continue to ease with midfielder Cameron Hargreaves being part of an in-house game along with a number of the club’s academy players on Tuesday.