Struggling Alnwick Town are managerless after the committee asked Paul Yeadon to step down – but he will continue to play a role at the club.
The bombshell came out of St James’ Park on Tuesday night and follows a barren run which has seen the club slide down the Northern League, Division Two table.
The black ‘n’ whites, who started the season positively, have lost eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, with their last league point coming at the beginning of September.
The search for Yeadon’s successor has begun, but it is unlikely that a permanent replacement will be in charge for Town’s match at Whickham on Saturday.
Club secretary Cyril Cox said: “The club decided that Paul should step aside.
“Nobody is pointing the finger of blame at him and it is a difficult job for any manager.
“There are all sorts of reasons for the decision, but we felt that a change of face was needed. But Paul will remain at the club and we believe that Paul has an important role to play at the club for years to come.”
Yeadon has been involved with the club for many years, playing as a youngster and an adult. He has also managed at reserve and junior level.
He stepped in as temporary manager of the first team in early 2012, following the departure of boss Danny Olson and assistant Rob Marshall.
Yeadon later took on the role full-time and continued to manage without a playing budget – unlike other clubs in the league.
Yesterday morning, he expressed his disappointment at the decision.
“I am gutted,” he said. “The committee asked me to stand down and I wish they had discussed things with me first before making any decision.
“It has been a pleasure working with the players and I hope they have learnt a few things from myself and my staff.
“I have followed the ethos of what the club is all about and I hope that continues.”
Anyone interested in the manager’s role should apply in writing to Alnwick Town FC, Weavers Way, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1BG.