Ilkeston Town manager Lee Fowler has left the club.

The club say they would like to place on record their gratitude to Lee for his tireless work and professionalism and success he brought the club last season in winning the Midland Football League Premier Division. Ilkeston say that over the past weeks, a new contract that suited both parties could not be agreed and they have therefore come to this conclusion.

CEO Nick Hawkins told the club’s website: “It’s a sad day for the club losing someone of Lee’s calibre but inevitably both parties have to be happy and we were not in a position to fulfil the original contract Lee was offered. We have tried tirelessly over the past month to find a common ground but it wasn’t to be.

“We lose a great coach but more importantly a great person and he will be missed by myself, staff and players alike. I have no doubt Lee will go on to great things, as he has an incredible work ethic and desire to succeed, and I will follow his career closely.

“All the best Fowls.”

Former Coventry City and Huddersfield Town midfielder Fowler said: “I am leaving Ilkeston Town Football Club with a very heavy heart but a genuine sense of pride in what we have achieved in a short time as a committed group of players and staff, backed by our passionate fans.

“After the success of winning the league last season, I was determined that we should not rest on our laurels. Unfortunately, protracted contract discussions over the summer have failed to resolve outstanding issues.

“Sadly, the vital relationship between myself and the club’s owner has frayed to breaking point, and created a situation untenable for both Alan and myself. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anthony Redwood and Nick Hawkins, our brilliant media team, Mike and Kelly, our amazing fans that deserve a winning team, and an excellent group of players that have been an absolute pleasure to work with – together with my first class coaches Deacs, Swinny, Lenchy and Clarkey.

“I wish Ilkeston Town the best for the future. Winning a league title stays in the history book and is not something to ever forget. It’s been a real pleasure for us all.”

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