Neil Baker steps back into the manager’s seat at Leek Town

THE man who took Leek Town Wembley in 1990 has been welcomed back to the manager’s seat at Harrison Park.

Neil Baker, pictured left, who masterminded Blues historic appearance in the FA Trophy Final against Barrow, has replaced Ant Danylyk and his assistant Paul Donnelly, both recently relieved of their managerial duties by the Evo-stik Northern Premier League club.

Leek chairman Jon Eeles said: This is a massive appointment for the club and I hope the fan base will agree that it has been worth the wait over the last week.

“All the relevant parties have now been consulted including all the senior and long-serving players.

“The appointment demonstrates our intent and will generate a massive buzz around the club,” he added.

The club didn’t look far for their new guiding light as Baker is Director of Football at the Macclesfield Road ground.

Jamie Cullerton returns to Blues as Baker’s assistant after one season in charge at Hallmark Security League outfit Eccleshall FC.

Simon Bell will continue as first team coach.

Baker’s fresh role – his third spell as manager at Leek – has cast uncertainty over his continued role as head of recruitment at League Two Crewe Alex.

It is understood Baker is willing to combine both part-time duties, but it is up to Crewe boss David Artell to decide whether that will work.