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Welling United manager Warren Feeney to discuss his future with chairman Mark Goldberg after keeping the Wings in National League South

Manager Warren Feeney says there’s a conversation to be had after leading Welling to safety in National League South.

Feeney, who succeeded Peter Taylor in March, has kept the Wings up with a game to spare after beating champions Maidstone 3-2 on Bank Holiday Monday.

Welling United manager Warren Feeney Picture: Dave Budden
Welling United manager Warren Feeney Picture: Dave Budden

The former Bournemouth and Luton forward agreed to charge for the final 10 games of the campaign following the unexpected departure of Taylor.

Three wins have secured Welling’s status and chairman Mark Goldberg will no doubt be keen to retain the services of the ex-Northern Ireland international, who’s been living out of a hotel after leaving his home in Belfast.

Feeney, whose previous job in management saw him lead Pirin Blagoevgrad to Second Division title glory in Bulgaria, doesn’t know what the future holds.

But he’s willing to sit down with Welling and you can’t say fairer than that.

Feeney said: “We’ll get this week out of the road and I’ll sit down and have a chat with the club and see where we want to go.

“Look, I’m open to everything.

“I’ve a good relationship with everyone here, I’m in every day myself, I’ve left the house over in Belfast to come here for the six weeks, seven weeks.

“I’ve come from a professional background all my life and the club’s been brilliant, so there’s definitely a conversation to have.

“I love it here but I’m not going to commit to anything because you just don’t know what happens.

“I had no intentions of getting back on the saddle (after finishing in Bulgaria) and the phone rang and I went, ‘Oh yeah let’s do it,’ so without being disrespectful to anyone, you just can’t tell what’s going to happen, but I’m sure we’ll have a conversation.

“Seeing the chairman and the board, we had tears on Saturday (2-1 win at Hungerford), and he’s taken so much stick since I’ve been here but he’s got a heart, he’s seen the hard times.

“He’s put belief in me and hopefully I’ve repaid him.”

Feeney half-expected Welling’s survival fight to go down to the final game.

But they can relax going to Concord this Saturday after back-to-back wins over the long weekend moved them five points clear of relegated Billericay.

Feeney said: “I was prepared for it to go to the wire because it’s hard to just make that switch to winning games when they’ve got that mentality of losing, but it’s getting the belief.

“We didn’t play well on Saturday but in the last 10 minutes we showed the character and the important thing was to back it up today.

“That’s what the top players in the top leagues do.

“They don’t just get three points, they go and back it up with another three points, and I’m pleased for everyone.”

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