Shots management have steered the club into a healthy position in the Skrill Conference Premier
Andy Scott and his assistant Terry Bullivant have been rewarded for their heroics in the Aldershot Town hot seats this season with new three-year contracts.
The pair, who joined the club in February following the dismissal of Dean Holdsworth, have signed a deal to keep them at the ESS Stadium until 2016.
Scott, the former Rotherham and Brentford boss, has done an incredible job in turning around the fortunes of the club this season after it plunged into administration following relegation from the Football League in April.
After the club was saved from the brink of liquidation by a consortium led by chairman Shahid Azeem and fans’ donations, Scott was left with the unenviable task of keeping Aldershot Town in the Conference Premier, starting with a 10-point deduction and a squad of just six players.
But after sifting through no fewer than 60 trialists and signing players on the eve of the season, the 41-year-old boss has managed to steady the ship and with six wins and four draws from their first 15 league games, the Shots look well on course to achieve their target of survival.
“It was probably the most difficult summer that anyone can have,” Scott said. “But it was also a great opportunity for me to change the whole ethos of the playing staff at the club.
“I’ve learnt a lot in the last few years of management, both from doing well and when you get the sack.
“You live and learn. This season has proved to be successful so far and I will hopefully continue to learn.”
Delighted Azeem added: “The club’s problems over the summer have been well documented but Andy and Terry were so committed to our vision for the football club that they wanted to stay despite the sacrifices they had to make.
“The board of directors are thrilled they have signed these three-year contracts. We were very keen to keep them both for the long-term. We enjoy working with them and know we can trust them.”
“They have always been open and honest with us and we wanted to reward them for their loyalty.”
Scott's next test is the visit of a severely-weakened Alfreton Town this Saturday.
Reds boss Nicky Law had just 13 fit players available for last week's trip to Gateshead - and then saw midfielder John McGrath sent off for two yellow card offences so he is suspended for the trip to the ESS Stadium along with centre-back Nick Fenton.
Law's lengthy casualty list includes Chris Westwood (leg), Paul Clayton (ankle), Daniel Wishart (hamstring), Michael Wylde (shoulder), Bradley Wood (toe), Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (hamstring) and Jay McFadzean (knee).
Shots boss Scott is still without long-term casualties Glenn Morris, Adam Mekki and Anthony Tonkin but welcomes back central defender Adam Webster back from England U19s duty.