Vanarama National League club Guiseley have parted company with manager Mark Bower.
The Lions chose to dismiss the former Bradford City defender his assistant manager Danny Boshall following “a run of poor results”.
Guiseley have lost their opening five National League fixtures, with newly-promoted Solihull Moors inflicting the latest defeat on the Lions on Saturday.
That run has left the club bottom of the National League table and they are the only side in the division yet to earn a point this season.
Bower joined Guiseley in a playing capacity in May 2011 after his departuren from Darlington.
He was appointed as Caretaker Manager in September 2013 following the departure of Steve Kittrick, with the his permanent appointment confirmed a week later.
That season saw Bower lead the club to the Conference North play-off final, with a Greg Wilkinson goal in the last minute of extra time condemning Guiseley to another season in non-league’s second tier.
However 2014/15, Bower’s first full season in charge, proved to be more success as they sealed promotion to the National League with a play-off final win against Chorley.
Nicky Boshell was their hero against the Magpies on a historic day for the club, as his goal sent them into the top tier of the non-league pyramid for the first time in their history.
Against the odds, Bower led a successful battle against relegation.
Their battle went down to the final day, as a dramatic 4-3 win against Torquay United ensured the Lions stayed in the National League.
However, after five games of the new season the club have now decided to dismiss their managerial team, with centre back Adam Lockwood taking charge until Bower’s successor has been found.
The club released a statement on Sunday afternoon confirming their decision.
It read “Following the run of poor results since the start of the season, the Board of Guiseley AFC have made the decision to part company with manager Mark Bower and his assistant Danny Boshell.
The current run of five successive defeats sees the club struggling at the foot of the National League table and the Board felt that a change was necessary to address the position.
Centre-back Adam Lockwood has agreed to take interim charge of the team and he will take training on Tuesday evening.
Adam will remain in charge until a permanent replacement is appointed and he will be considered along with all other applicants for the job.
Martin Stringfellow and Steve Dickinson will continue their roles as part of the backroom staff.
The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Mark and Danny for their efforts over the last three years, during which time promotion to the National League has seen the club operating at its highest ever level.
The club wishes Mark and Danny all the best for the future”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
Image: Guiseley AFC