EBAC Northern League club Bishop Auckland have moved to deny rumours they are considering replacing manager Steve Riley.

The Two-Blues released a statement on Thursday morning, reacting to “rumours circulating in the area”.

The statement read “The Board of Directors are well aware of the rumours circulating in the area and indeed throughout the non-league fraternity in the North East that we are considering a change to our management team and that we have been discussing this with certain potential candidates.

We can categorically state that we have not at any time contacted anyone with a view to replacing our manager.  Like all our supporters we have been disappointed with recent results but we are confident Steve and the team can turn things around and end the season on a high”

Riley joined the club in September 2013 as assistant to manager Martin Swales, going on to form a management team with David Bayles when Swales departed.

Bayles left the club in September 2015, with Riley continuing as manager in his own right.

The club currently sit in sixth place in the EBAC Northern League Division One table and face a home game against league leaders North Shields on Saturday.

Article: Mark Carruthers (marknldaily)

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