Andy Preece will have to reapply for his position as manager of Southport as the club look to put a new board in place.

The Sandgrounders were relegated from the Vanarama National League three weeks ago and a number of the club’s existing board stepped down.

Now, as they look to prepare for life in the National League North, Southport have released a statement confirming that Preece will have to reapply for his position.

The former Northwich Victoria manager replaced Steve Burr in February but was unable to help the club escape relegation into tier two of the non-league pyramid.

A club statement read “Manager Andy Preece has been invited to reapply for the position of SFC manager with a new board to be constituted soon

Following Wednesday evening’s Southport Football Club Board Meeting it was decided that Andy Preece should be invited to apply for the manager’s post for the forthcoming 2017-18 season.

The Board would sincerely like to put on record their recognition of all Andy’s hard work and efforts to rectify the Club’s precarious position he inherited. Unfortunately Andy alongside Liam Watson was unable to both strengthen the squad and record positive results, which the Club naturally required and expected.

With a new Board soon to be constituted with new investment it is felt in the best interests of Southport Football Club that any long term managerial appointment and commitment should come from the new Board”

Southport finished twenty third in the National League table, twelve points from safety and will return to the National League North for the first time since winning the division in 2010.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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