Oxford City have announced the departure of manager Mark Jones.

With ten points from their opening 13 league games, the Hoops are currently in the relegation zone of the National League South. The team were, though, 2-1 winners over Margate in the FA Cup at the weekend, making it through to the first round proper.

The club say Jones’ departure is by mutual consent, but ‘a very difficult decision for the club, with Mark’s history as a player coach and manager at the club.’

Director of football Justin Merritt said: “Mark has given everything possible during his tenure as manager and there have been some amazing experiences, particularly the FA Cup successes. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mark for his professionalism, dedication and efforts with the club.

“We as a club are determined to continue our development both on and off the pitch, with a view of achieving long-term success.”

Merritt will temporarily join assistant manager Andy Ballard in leading first-team affairs, supported by goalkeeping coach Alan Foster and coach Ross Jenkins.

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