Gary Seward: Forest Green Rovers job interests caretaker

Seward 'has Forest Green backing'

Forest Green Rovers caretaker manager Gary Seward says he is interested in taking the role on a permanent basis.

The 52-year-old has spent the last three years as assistant to former boss Dave Hockaday, who left by mutual consent on Monday after a run of seven defeats from eight games.

Seward will take charge on Saturday in their FA Cup fourth round qualifier against Bishop's Stortford.

"I do want the job now," he told BBC Points West.

Seward, a former non-league player, went on to say that he believes he has the backing from the whole club.

"Dave had his 15 minutes with the players [on Monday], which was quite emotional.

"While that was taking place I rounded the staff and explained the situation. I said the chairman had given me the opportunity and asked where they stood with it. They said "we're for you".

"Emotionally, that's a good feeling.

"I went in to see the players and I said the same thing. I've been very open with them I think the transparency has lifted the players."

Hockaday was in charge at the New Lawn for four years and had kept them in the Conference Premier during times of financial uncertainty.

Their fortunes changed when green energy tycoon Dale Vince took over the club in 2010 and they are now among the biggest spenders in the league.

Because of their budget, they have been favourites to gain promotion to the Football League in recent years, but could only finish 10th last season and currently sit 16th, with five wins from 16 games.

Hockaday left his position after their latest defeat by Grimsby last weekend.