New Mills manager announces resignation
Sunday 12th November 2017 @ 20:23 by Adam Higgins
New Mills Sports

Calum Sykes has stepped down as manager of New Mills AFC after almost a year in charge.

The former Stockport Town boss took over the reins at Church Lane last December but, despite being unable to save them from a second successive relegation to the North West Counties Football League Division One, the Millers have struggled once again this season.

They currently sit 13th in the table and have won just one of their last 10 league games after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Abbey Hulton United.

Sykes announced his resignation with immediate effect in a statement on Sunday evening.

It read: “I would like to thank Ray, Sue and the Committee at New Mills AFC for the amazing opportunity to manage the club. It has been filled with some amazing highs and some sad lows but I am very happy that I was able to bring some smiles to the home fans with some entertaining games at Church Lane.

“The ending of the Runcorn Linnets game will live with me forever. Recent results however have been way below what I want and what I expect for the Millers fans, and with that in mind, I made my decision to resign as manager. I wish the club, the players, the new manager and most of all New Mills fans every success.”

Sykes had previously managed Stockport Town in the North West Counties Football League Division One since its formation in 2014 after guiding Glossop North End Reserves to the league title.

Having been involved in coaching since he was 17 years old, he once created his own amateur side Aldwyn Town before stepping up to non-league level.

The club said it is inviting applications for Sykes’s successor “over the next week or so” and will make a further announcement “when appropriate”.

It added in a statement: “Everyone at New Mills AFC would like to thank Calum for his hard work whilst at the club and wish him well for the future.”

Sykes’s assistant manager Gareth Cross and Nick Dowse have taken over on a caretaker basis and will be in charge of Saturday’s league trip to fourth-placed Alsager Town – the third time the Millers will face the Cheshire outfit already this term.