Clitheroe FC manager Simon Garner and his assistant Ryan Parr have confirmed that they wish to step down from their managerial duties at the end of the current playing season.

Simon Garner said:

“I have today informed Anne Barker our Chairman that myself, Ryan and Jordan intend to stand down from our position at Clitheroe FC once the current league campaign is over.

The decision has not been easy for us but after months and weeks of discussions, it was agreed it that we would call it a day. A number of different factors have contributed. We feel we have took the club as far as we possibly can and this is the right time to go our separate ways. All three of us have young children and are in successful jobs so we are looking forward to enjoying time with our families.

I would like especially to thank Anne and the clubs directors. Firstly for giving us the opportunity two and a half years ago to manage the club but also for supporting us and clitheroebelieving in us to turn around the clubs fortunes on the pitch.

Something which we have been able to do, improving the clubs league position from 20th when we took over, to 6th where we sit at this moment in time, aiming to equal, if not better, Clitheroe’s highest ever position in the football pyramid.

As well as that we took the club to a LFA Cup final at the Macron Stadium and we have just had two of our current squad selected for individual awards from the league. A great honour for both the lads and the club.

The biggest satisfaction for us though is seeing lads we have brought in move on to bigger things, and we are sure a few of the current squad will also go onto play at a higher level.

I would particularly like to thank Billy and Stuart for all their hard work. They do so much work that’s unseen to add to their contribution on a match day. I wish them and all the volunteers at the club the very best for the future.

My special thanks goes to all the lads that have ever played for us but especially those this season. Every one of them has given me and the club everything they have. We have always tried to play attacking football at a high tempo and whether in victory or defeat the spectator usually gets value for money!!

A special mention has to go to Ryan my assistant, Jordan my coach and Jay our physio. Without my staff I would not have been able to do the job, their support has been immense.

Whether we make the play offs or not, this season will be one in my career I will always remember. Unusually for CFC we have spent the majority of the season in the top half and not once have we been looking down the table.

Finally I would like to say a massive thank you to all the supporters, especially those that travel away, and I hope our team has given you plenty to enjoy this season. I wish this great little family club every success in the future and my sincere best wishes go to everyone at the club and whoever becomes my successor.

I’m looking forward to an end of season trip away with the lads and a summer with my wife and boys. It’s been a long tough season which hopefully we can finish as strong as possible. It has been enjoyable and one we can look back on with pride.”

Chair, Anne Barker said:

“Simon and Ryan can be rightly proud of what they have achieved over the past two and a half years. The quality of our football at times this year has matched anything we have seen in recent years, and we are still on course for our highest league placing ever. It was also the season that Simon cemented himself in the Clitheroe history books by reaching his 250 game milestone as a player.

I fully understand the reasons for the decision, I am grateful for the amicable manner in which it has been reached, and I wish both Simon and Ryan every success in the future.

The club has a number of commitments until the end of April but then work will start in earnest to find the right person to continue where Simon and Ryan left off.”

Their last home game will be this Saturday when Clitheroe take on Burscough at Shawbridge. KO 15:00

Source: Clitheroe FC

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