Former Bridlington Town striker Brett Agnew admits he jumped at the chance to take on the caretaker boss role at Brid after Curtis Woodhouse stepped down on Sunday, but admitted he was sad to see his friend leave the club.
Agnew is hoping the Seasiders net an FA Vase win in his first game in charge against Consett on Saturday.
The former Town striker, 29, stepped in on Sunday after Curtis Woodhouse left the club, the former citing his new boxing academy and family commitments as the main reasons for him making the decision to leave the club. Anthony Bowsley will be Agnew's assistant.
Agnew, who was brought in as a coach by Woodhouse in the summer, said: “I was sad to see Curtis go as he brought me in to the club as a coach and he has become a good friend on and off the football pitch, and has helped me a great deal.
“I can understand that he has a lot on his plate at the moment, and when he decided to leave and Pete asked me if I would like to be caretaker I jumped at the chance, I was over the moon.
“If results go well and I am enjoying it I would love the chance to become manager of Bridlington Town if I am offered it on a long-term basis.”
The first challenge for Agnew is the FA Vase clash on Saturday, and he is well aware of the importance of this match.
"The FA Vase is massive for the club, the money that we could bring in would really help Brid Town.
"I am hoping that James Faulkner may be fit to return for Saturday's squad but we will have to see how things go in training on Tuesday and Thursday.
"Jake (Day) came through the game on Saturday against Athersley okay after being out injured.
"I am looking forward to working with Jake more, I will be especially hard on him as a striker myself but I believe that if he keeps working hard at his game he can play at a higher level.
"It has been great to see the likes of Archie Brown and James Faulkner coming through the ranks as local Brid lads and this is what i want to see more of at the club. I think all the teams from the first team to the two reserve sides must all work together."
Saturday's FA Vase second qualifying round match kicks off at 3pm, with admission £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.