‘Hopefully I’ll be back soon’ – David McNabb outlines ambitions after ‘unbelievable’ Warrington Rylands journey

David McNabb poses with the FA Vase after helping Warrington Rylands to glory

Former Warrington Rylands manager David McNabb hopes he won’t be away from the dugout for too long after parting ways with the club this week.

McNabb and the Blues ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways bringing his four-and-a-half-year stint at Gorsey Lane to an end.

During his time with Rylands, he lead them to three successive promotions taking them from the North West Counties to the Northern Premier League and famously winning the FA Vase in 2021 thanks to Elliott Nevitt’s hat-trick against Binfield.

Reflecting on his time with Rylands, McNabb told Off The Park: “I think it’s fair to say the success we had, it wasn’t just down to me as a manager it was everything that the club was based on.

“We tried to build an environment where people could come and enjoy themselves and push themselves forward – I think we’ve seen that with some of the players which have come through the door.

“Obviously a lot have grown with the club over the last four years, playing in three different leagues, three different levels which they never played at before.

“A few have moved on and onto bigger and better things. It’s a sad time to move away but Rylands was always seen as more of a family than a football club and we wish them well for the future.

“It was unbelievable, it is like family, so some of the things we’ve achieved, memories that we’ve made they’re things I’ll never ever forget.

“Some of the best memories of my life were at the football club so really grateful for what we got to do and how we did it. It’s a sad day, mainly it’s been massive positives and ones I won’t forget.”

As the news filtered through last weekend and before the club’s announcement on Tuesday evening, McNabb was inundated with well messages. 

McNabb added: “It’s quite heartwarming to see the amount of messages that I’ve had. Social media blew up a little bit, it does make you feel a little bit special that people have even bothered to send you that message never mind what some of them said.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their kind words, hopefully I’ll be back soon.”

With Jody Banim in caretaker charge of the Blues following the decision of the two parties. The question now remains what’s next for the FA Vase-winning manager.

And he is not shying away from his next challenge, he added: “I’ve still got that passion, that hunger.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out if the right opportunity came along today, I’d jump straight back in. I am very conscious that until that opportunity does come, I want to make sure it’s the right opportunity for me and the club – whichever club comes calling.

“For now, it’s about taking a bit of time, watching some games, try and improve as a manager, a coach and wait for that opportunity come along

“I haven’t any offers at all, I haven’t spoken to any clubs or anything like that. I’ve had a lot of players, ex-players, managers from other clubs asking me if I was okay and how things have gone.

“But I haven’t had any offers, I didn’t expect there to be, it’s early in the season, teams are doing what they’re trying to do and I think it’ll happen in due course.”

[Featured image: Warrington Rylands – Mark Percy]

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