Guiseley joint-manager Marcus Bignot has spoken of the circumstances surrounding him recently taking on the interim manager’s role at Aston Villa Women.

The former Grimsby Town and Chester boss stepped in to help out at the FA Women’s Super League side last month, with the club bidding to secure survival in their debut season in the division.

Speaking to Guiseley’s club website, Bignot explained: “I would have taken it on even if the National League hadn’t been suspended, because I lost working at my academy in the day. I love working and getting out on the grass, so the big thing for me was losing the academy, but then the attraction of being able to work in the environment at (Aston Villa’s) Bodymoor Heath, which is second to none.

“To be able to work with players from all across the world, tap into that and work that that calibre of elite player, I was excited. I was also excited by the challenge of trying to keep them up, together with mentoring and developing (Villa head coach) Gemma Davies and the young stars they’ve got there, as well as working with exciting players.

“The opportunity came out of the blue, I wasn’t looking towards that, I wasn’t geared towards that. When I got a call from a sporting director (Eni Aluko) at Villa, there was no hesitation, there were no second thoughts.”

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