Mike Flanagan keen to carry on at Maldon & Tiptree

MIKE Flanagan’s future as manager at Maldon & Tiptree remains uncertain, although he is keen to carry on next season.

The ex-Charlton Athletic striker took over as caretaker manager at the Ryman League Division One North club in November, following the resignation of Brad king and Glen Knight.

Flanagan, whose side sit in 12th place in the table, admitted: “Myself and the chairman have not spoken about it yet, but we need to. It is not urgent at the moment, but we will get chance to do so at the end of the season.

“I have enjoyed it here. It is a small club. But it would be good to do something with it. We have shown we can match ourselves against the top sides.

“I wanted to have a look at them for the first few weeks before getting a settled side and they have done really well.

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“We have not got a big squad, but I have been pleased with the attitude and commitment of the players since I have been here.”

Flanagan, whose son Adam is captain, was delighted with his side’s 3-1 win against leaders Leiston - a result which means the Suffolk side missed out on clinching automatic promotion last Saturday.

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He said: “The lads have done really well since I arrived. We have got stronger as the season has gone on.

“We beat second-placed Enfield Town 2-0 recently and we want to finish the season well at home, and there is no better way than to win like we did against Leiston.”

Maldon have just one match remaining at Park Drive this season, on the final day of the campaign against struggling Soham Town Rangers, but today travel to fourth-placed Tilbury, who need just one point to confirm their place in the end of season play-offs.

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