Grimsby legend set to become new Alfreton Town manager?

John McDermott (facing camera) on the sidelines during his first match as Cleethorpes Towns director of football,  in January 2017
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John McDermott (facing camera) on the sidelines during his first match as Cleethorpes Towns director of football, in January 2017 PICTURE: Rick Byrne / Grimsby Telegraph Buy this photo at www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/buyaphoto or by contacting 03444 060 910

Grimsby Town legend John McDermott looks set to become the new manager at Alfreton Town.

And the Grimsby connection does not end there with Lee Mullen, who won the EuroMillions lottery back in 2011, and invested in his hometown club of Grimsby four years later, said to be a new financial backer at The Impact Arena.

McDermott played a record-breaking 647 games in a one-club career at Grimsby over 20 years and went on to become assistant manager to Simon Weaver at Harrogate Town.

He left that position due to illness but then linked up with close friend Marcus Newell as director of football at Cleethorpes Town.

After donating money to the club and becoming a director, Grimsby fan Lee Mullen had a fall-out with the Mariners and became involved with Cleethorpes where he brought in McDermott.

With Harrogate Town going full-time, some of their players are expected to arrive at the Impact with midfielder Luke Shiels, 27, one of three already rumoured to have signed for the Reds.

Cleethorpes Town have just won the Northern Counties East League Title and this Sunday take on South Shields in the FA Vase final at Wembley.

Alfreton recently announced that they parted company with manager Russ O’Neill after his 10-year stint with the Reds as they prepare for a third consecutive season in the National League North after O’Neill helped guide them to survival at the end of the last season.