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Marcus Bignot - survival in the National League would eclipse promotion

Solihull Editorial 13th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

PLAYING at the highest level of non-league football as not fazed Solihull Moors and manager Marcus Bignot feels surviving at this level would be a bigger achievement than last year’s promotion exploits.

The Moors are playing in the National League for the first time in their history and despite being heavily tipped for relegation, Bignot’s side continue to defy the odds.

A recent run of five games unbeaten ahead of Saturday’s defeat at Aldershot has put Moors in a positive position and they now currently sit on 19 points from their first 15 games.

“We’re on track,” 42-year-old Bignot told BBC WM. “If we manage to stay up it will be a bigger achievement than last season.

“I didn’t tell the players, but I wanted 20 points from the first 15 games and we’ve got 19.

“I love going up against these full-time and ex-league teams, it challenges me as a manager.”

Despite his recent achievements at Moors, there remain question marks over Bignot’s future at the club.

In his latest Observer column, skipper Ryan Beswick said Bignot was destined to work at a higher but contract talks between the likeable manager and the Moors board have been scheduled.

“The club’s changing and it has to meet the needs of a professional set-up – we’re not far off,” the former Bristol Rovers and QPR full-back added.

“We’re giving players contracts and it comes to a stage now where I have to commit. I’m delighted they want to sit down and talk and see where that goes.”