Southport have announced that they have decided to part company with manager Kevin Davies.

The former Bolton Wanderers striker and England international had taken over at the club, his first managerial job, back in October. The 41-year-old led an impressive upturn of form in the New Year after no wins in his first 12 games at the helm.

It saw the Sandgrounders challenge for the play-offs, but after eight wins in 12, their form nosedived again, leading to a 15th-placed finish in the Vanarama National League North. In a statement on the club’s website, director Phil Hodgkinson said:

“We wish Kevin all the very best for the future and have no doubt that he will be a tremendous success as a manager. However at this time, it has become clear to the board that this football club requires an experienced head to take us up the leagues.”

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