Vanarama National League North strugglers Altrincham have confirmed that they will advertise their vacancy for a new manager next season.

The Robins say that they accept that current caretaker Matt Doughty has overseen a “greater organisation, spirit and endeavour on the pitch” but also believe they need to give themselves the best chance to appoint the most suitable candidate for the role.

A statement released by the club said ‘The position of Altrincham manager beyond this season was discussed by the board of directors at their monthly meeting, held earlier this week. The matter was given careful thought and consideration, and it was noted there has been an upturn in performances and, more recently, results since Matt Doughty and Robbie Lawton took charge in December.

Compared to the first half of the season, there have been welcome signs of greater organisation, spirit and endeavour on the pitch. However, it was felt by the board that this in itself did not justify the automatic re-appointment of Matt and Robbie for next season and that, to give us the optimum opportunity of recruiting the best possible candidate to take the club forward, the position should be advertised.

We will, therefore, be seeking external candidates to apply for the job, and we hope to draw up a shortlist from those who apply in time for interviews to be held early next month. That shortlist will include the current incumbents. Further details of this process will be released, once they have been finalised”.


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