The Albany Racing Club committee has endorsed interim general manager Mark Bayliss as the person they wish to appoint full-time in the role. At a committee meeting on Tuesday night, the committee expressed their intentions to offer the full-time position to Bayliss. Bayliss has been in the interim position for two months after Tony Marwick resigned as manager in early February, ending a tumultuous few months for the club. ARC president Roy Rogers said his committee had been impressed by Bayliss’ management actions in his interim capacity. “We are very happy with the way he has handled the appointment of the interim position,” he said. “He has taken the bull by the horns. He gets along with everyone, he listens to people, and is very approachable to talk to. “He is firm but fair, and he has made it clear that he is not going to put up with any crap.” Bayliss was unable to comment on details around a new contract. During his time as interim manager Bayliss has led the club strongly through a challenging period. A number of Albany meetings under Bayliss’ management have been held under strict COVID-19 measures, which included closing race days to non-essential personnel. Rogers said there was a healthy relationship between Bayliss and the club — a positive move for a club that has faced a number of challenges in recent times. “He is passionate about the club, it is just not a job for him,” Rogers said. “He works well with the board and the board likes him. “The race club needed this.” ARC members can expect to receive a letter from the club following this week’s committee meeting. An announcement on Bayliss’ likely appointment will be made in the coming weeks.