Frickley search for new manager after Rose quits

Karl Rose.
Karl Rose.

Following their poor start to the season Frickley Athletic are now looking for a new manager after Karl Rose quit the role at the weekend.

The Blues have struggled so far and are still looking for their first point after six matches in the Evo-Stik Premier League. Following their fifth defeat, 4-0 at home to Mickleover Sports, Rose stood down and his resignation was accepted by the club to end his four years at the helm.

Appointed in May 2012, having previously managed Goole AFC, the former Rochdale and Barnsley professional player resigned after leading the Blues to three Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup final victories in four years and to a seventh-placed finish last term, their highest ever-placing in the Evo-Stik League’s top flight.

His management team of Lee Stratford and James Dudgeon have also left the club with John Hood and Mick Thompson taking temporary charge of the team for Monday’s fixture at Whitby Town, which also resulted in a disappointing 4-0 loss.

In a statement confirming Rose’s departure, Frickley chairman Gareth Dando said he accepted the resignation with regret and wished him all the best for the future.

He said: “Following our best finish in a decade last season a number of key players moved on to a higher level, leaving Karl to rebuild the squad and results this season have not matched the expectations of Karl nor the club.

“The relationship between the board, our supporters and Karl has been a strong one and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future and our thanks for his dedication over the last four years

“We’re all disappointed by Karl’s decision to leave the club but understand why he made it.

“He’s been a pleasure to work alongside for the last four years and I can’t remember a crossed word with him in that time.

“He’s been a very good fit for Frickley and whilst there have been ups and downs he’s certainly exceeded what has been expected of him.

“Last season gave all our supporters some great memories and Karl, his family and friends will be welcome back up the Lane any time. We’d like to wish him all the best in the future.

“He’s left us with a nucleus of a good squad that’s out of form but I’m sure the situation can be turned round quickly,”

Anyone interested in the vacant managerial position should contact the chairman by email at gdando91@gmail.com or phone 07709 098469.