Assistant manager Andy Darnton is holding the fort at Evo-Stik League Southern AFC Totton in the wake of Steve Hollick’s midweek departure.

Darnton will be at helm on Saturday when the Stags host Yate Town after the club parted company with Hollick by mutual consent after their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Wimborne Town at the Testwood Stadium.

Hollick stepped aside after meeting with club officials following Tuesday’s reversal which left the EVO-STIK League Southern Division One South & West’s Stags second from bottom with just four points from a possible 27.

As he started the hunt to find his successor, AFC Totton chairman Andy Straker paid tribute to their former goalkeeping coach who had been in charge since April after initially stepping up on a temporary basis following the departure of former manager Steve Riley.

In a statement on the club’s website, Straker said: “Recent form has been poor which has continued on from last season. Talking to Steve, we came to the agreement that for the club to go forward it would be best if we went our separate ways.

“Steve said he wanted to do the right thing for the club and he should be applauded for that. Steve loves this club and only wants what is best for it. I would like to thank Steve for all the hard work he has put in over the years, not just as manager but also as goalkeeping coach before that.

“I think of Steve as a friend and the last few days have not been easy but AFC Totton is a club that should be pushing for promotion, not languishing at the bottom of the league so we had to make big decisions to take the club forward.”

He added: “I wish Steve all the best with what he does next. I know he will be a good manager of a football club if he decides to continue in that role at another club.”


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