Baines plans to go back to bossing it as a player

Stilton celebrate their Hunts Intermediate Cup success.
Stilton celebrate their Hunts Intermediate Cup success.
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Mark Baines has called time on his managerial career after just one season.

Player-boss Baines guided Stilton to a sixth-placed finish in the Peterborough & District League Premier Division and Hunts Intermediate Cup glory.

But the 30 year-old insists he was never anything other than a short-term appointment and he is now keen to continue a successful playing career which has previously seen him win honours at United Counties League Premier Division level.

Baines said: “I only ever intended to manage Stilton for one season. Running a team full of your mates is not easy, but it was a terrific season.

“It is probably up there with the best the club has had, but I just want to focus on playing again.

“I’ve had a few offers and I will give it some thought over the next few weeks and decide what is best for me.

“I feel I still have some good years in me as a player.”

Baines is not the only Stilton man in demand this summer.

Several members of their 2014/15 team are on the radar of clubs higher up the ladder.

And that is something Baines takes great pride in.

He added: “I’m proud to see some of the lads stepping up to a higher level.

“Two of them have already signed for Northern Star and two or three others are attracting interest from non-league clubs.”

Stilton are understood to be searching for a successor for Baines.