McManus set for a return to old haunt

Former Fleetwood Town manager Brian McManus
Former Fleetwood Town manager Brian McManus

Former Fleetwood Town player-boss Brian McManus is to make a nostalgic return to Highbury.

He is coming over from the United States to attend Fleetwood’s third round FA Cup-tie at home to Blackpool on January 7.

McManus was in charge for Fleetwood the last time the two teams met in the FA Cup back in 1980.

That was a first round tie in November of that year when the Seasiders prevailed by 4-0.

McManus, who was once on the books of Aberdeen and Raith Rovers, is director of coaching for the San Diego Nomads youth soccer club, as well of being in charge of the San Diego women’s soccer team.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood striker Magno Vieira, who scored a superb second goal for Fleetwood in their 3-1 win at Hayes and Yeading, is hoping that the strike will signal the start of a long run in the team.

The Brazilian, who came off the bench, has not played a lot of football this season, having been troubled by a hamstring injury, but he is hoping to play a big part in Fleetwood’s surge towards the Football League in the second half of the campaign.

He said: “It has been a long time coming, but I am pleased to be back.

“I was blowing a bit because it is a long time since I played game.

“Hopefully, it will give me confidence and with more time, the sharper I will be and I will get a run.”