Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is close to agreeing a contract extension at Priory Lane.
Widdrington 42, has enjoyed a fine season to date and has steered his talented young side into play-off contention in the Skrill South.
His position at Borough was in doubt four weeks ago when news leaked out he attended an interview for the vacant managerial position at league rivals Chelmsford.
It was reported he was offered the job with the Essex outfit but turned it down to continue his good work at Priory Lane.
Since then the Borough committee have backed Widdrington with the loan signing of Jamie Taylor from Sutton United - a loan move that is expected to extended according to club insiders.
He has also brought in attacker Tom Derry from Gillingham and former Birmingham player Jack Deaman, all of whom have greatly improved Widdrington’s match day squad.
Widdrington has proved a popular appointment with the fans.
His side are playing an attractive style and he has nurtured a crop of talented and loyal players - many of whom are contracted and are assets to club.
Widdrington’s stock is high and the time was obviously right to negotiate a new deal.
He said, “Ultimately managers and players do move on but I haven’t seen it yet the right time for me to do that.
“And thankfully this football club want me to stay longer and we are that far away (very close) to agreeing a new deal.
“Hopefully by the end of the Christmas period that will be done and dusted as well.”