Spalding United’s players are backing Marcus Ebdon to stay in charge.
He seems certain to agree a deal as the Tulips’ manager – replacing Pat Rayment who stepped down last week.
Rayment’s former assistant Ebdon wants to take the role on a permanent basis ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leek Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.
Ebdon had further talks with the board of directors immediately after Tuesday’s League Cup tie which saw Spalding lose 4-3 on penalties to Matlock Town following a 0-0 draw.
He said: “Obviously it has got to be sorted out but I know what I want to do.”
In the Tulips’ official programme for the midweek match, director of football Bob Don-Duncan thanked Rayment for all of his efforts.
Don-Duncan wrote: “The opportunity is there to take the club forward.
“Amid the disruption that a departing manager brings, the club has pulled together and produced a spirited display under the caretaker management of Marcus Ebdon and Danny Hussey.
“The club had made it clear that they would like them to work as a team and take the job permanently.
“Our 5-0 victory against Newcastle Town can only encourage them. I know from speaking to the players this is what they want.”
Following the game, Ebdon added: “When Matlock went down to 10 men we stopped doing what we are good at with one or two touches.
“But we will go again on Saturday and hopefully get three points. Leek are a decent side with big, strong lads.”
Tom Waumsley is back in training after an ankle injury and Jake Newman could start up front but Mitch Griffiths (knee) may miss out.