Bootle manager Steve McNulty outlines transfer ambitions as Bucks boss hails Carl Macauley’s arrival

Bootle manager Steve McNulty

Bootle manager Steve McNulty says he is looking to strengthen his squad as he raved over his new assistant manager Carl Macauley after the former Witton Albion manager joined the backroom staff.

The former Tranmere Rovers and Luton Town defender made a winning start to his managerial career as the Bucks beat Trafford FC then City of Liverpool.

They were out of action last weekend but the new boss took the opportunity to see his side in action as they had an inter-squad friendly to offer minutes to players who hadn’t featured in the opening two matches of his tenure.

Cian Spencer-McDermott scored the only goal in three 25-minute friendlies.

Prior to the death of the Queen, Bootle were preparing for their FA Trophy clash with Grimsby Borough after another full week of preparation for McNulty but they will now have to wait until Tuesday to kick-off their Trophy campaign.

He told Off The Park: “Training’s been good, we’re obviously introducing our new ideas and implementing the way we want to play.

“It’s been great to have a bit of training with them and then, we got chance to have a look at lads play who we haven’t seen yet. It’s all been good, enjoying it.

“There was lads there I hadn’t seen play, it was great to get a chance to see them play. Other lads who needed to get some minutes under their belt, they got some time out as well.

“It was a great fitness exercise and the lads done well.”

Macauley’s arrival marks his return to football after he left his position at Witton Albion following their relegation to the Northern Premier League West.

McNulty expressed his delight at the addition and believes his experience will benefit Bootle.

“He’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked for and under so, his attention to detail is right up there,” he added.

“He’s really good, very thorough in his work, great coach, he’s managed before – he’s going to bring a lot of experience.

“I’m looking forward to working with him, he’s one of my close mates but he’s really good, great coach, sees the game the way I see it so I think he’s going to be a great addition for us.”

There have been two additions at the Berry Street Garage since McNulty’s appointment after Kieran Holsgrove and Lewis Sinnott signed.

And the Bucks manager admitted they are looking to strengthen in a “few areas”.

He continued: “I’ve been impressed by the lads who have been there but it’s only natural for new manager to come in who’s got his own ideas.

“Me and Carl have both got our own ideas, we have looked and seen we do need to strengthen in a few areas. We’ll be looking to do that over the coming weeks, it’s only natural we’re going to come in, bring our own players in and make a few signings.

“But you look at the bench and the squad, maybe it needs strengthening a few more options to come off the bench – we will add a few but we’re not in any rush to do that, it’s got to be the right player.”

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