Neil Young has resigned as manager of Altrincham after only six Vanarama National League North games in charge.
Appointed as successor to Lee Sinnott four months ago, the former Colwyn Bay, Chester FC and Stockport County boss began the season with three impressive draws against highly-rated opposition but took the decision to leave in the wake of three subsequent defeats.
With criticism mounting after yesterday’s 4-2 home defeat by Curzon Ashton, he telephoned chairman Grahame Rowley this afternoon and told him he was stepping down, with immediate effect and without any kind of settlement, in the interests of the club.
Alan Goodall, Jake Moult and Shaun Densmore will take temporary charge of team affairs, starting at Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow, while a replacement is sought.
Young also made it clear the Altrincham post would be his last in football management, in a statement that read: “I would like to thank Grahame Rowley and his family, the Board and all the volunteers who gave me the opportunity to manage Altrincham Football Club. Unfortunately, after a good pre-season and three opening draws against much-fancied opposition, the last three performances have not been at a level I would expect, even with the extensive injury list we have had.
“I believe it’s in the best interest of myself and, more importantly, the football club that I step down with immediate effect, and I also believe it’s the right time to ultimately retire from the dug-out.
“I’ve been lucky enough to manage four fantastic football clubs over the last eight years and met so many selfless people whose commitment to their football club and to me has been remarkable. I would like to thank all my staff who have worked tirelessly over the last three months and wish them all the very best. I wish Altrincham Football Club, all its staff, players and supporters, all the very best for the future.”
Applications for the post are invited, as Altrincham begin the task of finding a new manager, chairman Rowley stating: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Neil for his dedicated approach to what was a very difficult job. Relegation had a big impact on our central funding from the league and meant an unavoidable reduction in the budget, which in turn led to players leaving and replacements having to be found.
“It goes without saying that’s no easy task, when you consider the numbers involved. Looking at it realistically, it’s a big ask to expect every signing to settle in straightaway and make the required impact, but, in his time with us, Neil never let up in his efforts to find the right blend”.