Darren Byfield has left his role as Alvechurch manager.

The former Aston Villa and Sunderland striker took over at the BetVictor Southern Premier Central side in late-May, following a successful time at Walsall Wood last season.

The Church have taken 13 points from their opening 15 league games, with a current position of fourth-bottom in the table. A statement from the club reads:

“It is with sadness that we announce the departure of Darren Byfield as First Team Manager. The recent run of results have seen us bow out of all cup competitions at the first hurdle and left us just outside the relegation zone.

“It was always going to be a task of mammoth proportions assembling a new squad following the departure of most of the team from last season. We’ve picked up points here and there, and although there are green shoots of recovery, the board felt it was time to move in a different direction.

“We would like to thank Darren for his efforts this season and wish him well for the future.”

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