Mark Birch has stepped down as manager of Northern League side Penrith after just five days in charge.

The former Carlisle United defender was appointed as successor to former manager Matt HenneyPenrith F.C. logo on Friday but has taken the decision to step down due to his commitments working at the Cumbrians’ academy.




In a statement released on the Penrith website he confirmed his decision.

It said “After alot of thought and consideration i have decided to commit my own future development to the Carlisle United accademy. 

I am flattered that a club with the tradition of Penrith AFC showed interest in me to be their manager. 

I wish Penrith AFC all the best the best for the future.

Mark Birch”

The club confirmed that Jim Nichols has been appointed caretaker manager and will be in charge for their Northern League Division One fixture at Ashington tonight.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

After alot of thought and consideration i have decided to commit my own future development to the Carlisle United accademy. 
I am flattered that a club with the tradition of Penrith AFC showed interest in me to be their manager. 
I wish Penrith AFC all the best the best for the future.

Mark Birch

The club would like to wish Mark the best of luck in the rest of his career. 
Jim Nichols has been appointed caretaker manager and will be in charge for our Northern League Division 1 fixture at Ashington tonight.


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