New Iron boss Nick Daws has spoken of his delight about being named manager of Scunthorpe United until the end of the season.
Daws was appointed following an impressive spell in caretaker charge, winning four out of five games following Mark Robins sacking five weeks ago.
Andy Dawson, who was acting as joint caretaker manager, takes on the assistant role.
“I’m pleased for us both, for me and Andy. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to get results and performances and given the chairman the confidence to let us have a crack at it until the summer,” Daws told the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
“It’s tough for owners and chairmen to make decisions on managers because they get vilified sometimes if it doesn’t go right. I think he has taken a while to come to a decision, but he’s comfortable with it and we’re delighted to get the chance.
“It’s perhaps been a little bit more difficult for me because I’ve worked for a long time, on and off, with Mark in the 15 years since we played together at Rotherham.
“But his support and the support of everybody has given us the focus to have a real go at it. I’ve had lots of well-wishes and Mark was one of the first to ring, which was great”.
Daws admitted to the press during his caretaker spell that he would not turn down the job if offered, out of respect to chairman Peter Swann.
“It’s a great honour”, he continued.
“We had a really good open and frank conversation with the chairman about where we see the club going in the short to medium term. Hopefully we can get as close to that as possible.”
“Me and Andy spoke both collectively and individually with the chairman and Jim Rodwell. Those conversations were open and we were really relaxed to allow the chairman to make his own decision on how he wanted to take it forward.
“Honestly, and from the heart, whichever way it had gone, we were just hoping we would be given the opportunity to carry on. There are no egos flying around, we are just two guys that have a lot of respect for each other.
“We’d chatted about it over the past couple of days and said if the situation remains the same ‘great’, although if it went a different way, we were both happy to work alongside each other.
“That is how it will remain. I see it just as a title to perhaps ease some of the difficult parts of it – like speaking to the press and having one person for the chairman to go to, so he doesn’t have to speak to us both without worrying the other one might be put out.
“The actual working week for me and Andy will remain exactly the same.”