Andy Davies hopes to be handed the St Neots Town managerial job on a permanent basis after securing Southern League Premier Division safety

St Neots interim manager Andy Davies. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

St Neots interim manager Andy Davies. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Interim boss Andy Davies would love the St Neots Town job on a permanent basis.

Davies has guided Saints to Southern League Premier Division safety since stepping in following the January resignation of previous manager David Batch.

Their survival was virtually assured by a 1-1 draw at Welsh side Merthyr last Saturday and put beyond doubt on Tuesday night when Bideford failed to beat Merthyr in a midweek clash.

And Davies admits chairman Lee Kearns and director of football Iain Parr are well aware of his desire to lead the club into next season.

Davies said: “If I was given the opportunity to take the club forward, I would definitely accept it.

“My remit was to ensure we got safe and that is virtually rubber-stamped with a couple of games still to go. My personal goal on top of that was to change the style of play that had been employed by the previous regime.

“Based on general feedback from the supporters and the chairman, that has also happened for the better.

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“I’ve loved working with the players and Lee and Iain both know how I feel about the job, but I’ll back them in whatever they choose to do.

“My only aim in life is to see St Neots Town be successful, whether it be with myself in charge of the first team or another manager.

“The club is a huge part of my life. I’m here six days a week - overseeing our academy teams, the scholarship programme as well as the first team - and I love every minute of it.”

Davies, pictured right, has benefitted from the knowledge of player/assistant boss Adam Tann since stepping into the hotseat. He is keen to continue working with the 33 year-old, who had a long playing career in the professional game.

Saints haven’t won since edging past relegated Paulton Rovers by the only goal on March 5, but they have drawn six of the seven games since then.

They were involved in their fifth successive stalemate during the long-distance trip to Merthyr last Saturday when Davies’ men levelled midway through the first half courtesy of an own goal following a cross from Brett Longden.

Strike ace Drew Roberts saw two goalbound efforts blocked in the second half as Saints looked the likeliest winners before having to content themselves with another point gained.

Saints’ scheduled clash against Chesham United today (Saturday) was postponed due to a waterlogged Premier Plus Stadium pitch.