In an unexpected development at Borough Park, Workington General Manager, Derek Townsley, announced he is stepping down from his role with immediate effect.
The news comes as a shock but it is a decision Townsley has been stewing over for a few weeks. Football has been a welcome respite after the recent sad loss of his father, but other ongoing family illness has prompted him to make the break.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club and feel proud to be associated with our moderate success over the last two seasons. I certainly don’t feel I’m deserting a sinking ship because I still think we can make an impact on the Premier Division at the business end of the season,” he said.
Townsley, a player with the club under Tommy Cassidy in 2007, returned to Borough Park in 2014 becoming new manager Gavin Skelton’s assistant. He took over the mantle of team manager last season when Skelton left then reverted to General Manager this term, working alongside David Hewson and Lee Andrews.
“I know we have suffered some disappointments in the last few seasons but, overall, they have been outweighed by the good times and I strongly believe the squad can deliver again. They are a talented group and still have much to offer.”
Townsley also believes the club is in good hands with Lee Andrews and David Hewson at the helm.
He admitted he will miss the camaraderie on training nights and match days but hopes to take in games occasionally in the future.
The Board of Directors would like to put on record their appreciation for all the hard work and enthusiasm Derek has put in over the last two and half years, and in playing an important role helping the club reach the play-offs for the last two entertaining seasons.
Source: Workington AFC