Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft says winning promotion gave him as much pleasure as anything he achieved as a player for Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.
The 38-year-old was lifted aloft by his players after his players beat AFC Fylde 2-0 in front of 2,995 delirious
Now he’s hoping to add some new faces to his squad before the new season.
He said: “Winning promotion with Chorley is big.
“I played more than 400 league games as a professional but when you’re the manager of a football team, you have people counting on you to lead the lads.
“So to win promotion is just fantastic but we don’t want to stop here – we want to carry on the momentum.
“When I first came here, I did a question-and-answer session with the chairman Ken Wright and I said my aim was to get promoted.
“Ken said that it was me putting pressure on myself but I always back myself.
“The club was going downhill for 12 years but it’s a sleeping giant – we know that. It’s one of the biggest clubs in non-league.
“If you look at the play-off final, we had a bigger crowd than the play-off final from two divisions above.”
Flitcroft was well aware of Chorley’s potential fan-base when he first took over but even he has been amazed to see the amount of people coming to watch week in, week out.
As well as the play-off final, 1,515 turned up to watch the semi-final tie against Curzon Ashton, while 3,223 turned out to watch Chester come to Victory Park in February.
“People told me about the potential but not in my wildest dreams did I expect to see the crowds that we have had,” he said.
Flitcroft reckons he needs to strengthen the squad by bringing in three or four new players and has a number of potential targets in mind.
He will be sitting down with the chairman soon to discuss plans for Chorley’s assault on the Premier Division.Said Flitcroft: “I will be having a chat with Ken Wright. We will look back on the season, look at the club and the vision for the future.We don’t want to lose momentum, especially with the fan-base we’ve got.
“We’ll be getting most of the lads from this season signed on. A couple of lads will be leaving and there will be three or four additions to the squad.”
Flitcroft feels he won’t have any difficulty attracting players to Victory Park.
“Players will be looking at us, looking at the crowds and thinking, ‘I want to join them’.”
The 38-year-old also revealed that he plans to be Chorley manager for a long time to come, although he does harbour ambitions of managing at the highest level.
“I am ambitious and I’d like to manage in the Football League, but I’ll need a few more promotions before I can do that.
“I am just concentrating on giving everything I have got for Chorley. I enjoy it here, it’s close to home.
“I always want to better myself. I played at the highest level and, at some point, I would like to manage there as well.”