Lee Andrews wants to stay at Workington Reds and help guide the team to safety in the Evo Stik Premier Division.

The joint manager has told the board that he is prepared to throw his hat into the ring following the departure of Dave Hewson on Tuesday.

Workington’s directors say they are reviewing their management structure following the resignation of long-serving Hewson.

Andrews said: “I look at the players we have in the squad and I am convinced they are good enough to get us out of trouble and get nearer halfway.

“That’s why I have said that I would be prepared to stay-on and do what I can to help the team climb the table.

“I was unable to travel to Ramsbottom but Daba rang me to say he had told he players he was finishing after the game.

“About a month ago I know he was really close to packing-in then but I managed to persuade him to stay on.

“He’s had a really tough year, but he has put everything into the job and it’s sad to see him go. I imagine, though, there will be some sort of relief after everything he’s been through.”

Reds have a tough schedule now over the holiday period, starting with a visit from second-in-the-table Scarborough Athletic tomorrow.

The good news is they have already beaten them 1-0 at Borough Park in the FA Trophy. How most people would wish that had been a league game.

That’s followed by two away games in four days – at Lancaster on Boxing Day and at South Shields on December 29.

The arrival of 2019 on January 1 provides Reds with another home game with a team they have beaten in the FA Trophy. Stalybridge Celtic, who were beaten 2-1 at Bower Fold by two Scott Allison goals are the visitors.