Neil Young, the newly-appointed manager of Altrincham, has begun the decision-making process needed to shape a new-look squad by announcing that nine players from last season have left the club relegated from the Vanarama National League.
After deliberating over targets he wants to bring in and a need to balance the books, Young has confirmed the departures of Ryan Crowther, Tom Marshall, Adam Griffin, Luca Havern, Tim Deasy, Josh O’Keefe, Jordan Sinnott, George Bowerman and Nicky Clee.
Young said: “I’ve spoken to each one of them individually, with the exception of George Bowerman, who has been left two messages.
“I think they appreciated that, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. These lads have done fantastically well for the club over the last few years and deserved to hear the reasons for my decision in person.
“Whenever a new manager comes in, he always has a tough call to make about keeping some people and not others. We need to add players to what was a fairly small squad last season, but to do that on what will obviously be a reduced budget, we have to free up some money.
“That has now been done, but I can tell you it entailed some very difficult decisions. When I spoke to the lads who are leaving, I thanked them for the job they’ve done, and I want to place on record the club’s appreciation for all they did in their time with us.”
Meetings are planned with the four other remaining players – Damian Reeves, Scott Leather, Michael Rankine and James Lawrie – to see if agreement can be reached about staying at The J.Davidson Stadium, while Young confirmed he is closing in on a list of potential new signings.
“We have sounded out one or two, and the first signing could be imminent, if all goes well.
“We have to be absolutely sure they are players who can take us forward, but plans are in place”.