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Halford leaves role as Buxton joint-manager
Tuesday 26th February 2019 @ 11:59 by Mark Phillip

Buxton have confirmed the departure of joint-manager Steve Halford.

Following a meeting on Monday evening, it has been decided that Paul Philips will take responsibility on a solo basis for the rest of the season.

Halford and Phillips joined the club from Glossop North End in March 2018. After guiding the Bucks to an eighth place finish last season, the duo rebuilt over summer and have since enjoyed a promising campaign. The club currently sit ninth in the table and nine points outside the Evo-Stik Premier Division playoffs. Buxton make the journey to Witton Albion for a league fixture this evening.

The departure marks the end of a long-standing relationship between Halford and Phillips in the dugout. The duo started their managerial careers at Ashton United, guiding the Robins to three consecutive playoff feats in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. They were then hired by Stalybridge Celtic in 2016, although their tenure in charge was short-lived and the pair were axed after just five months.

After a brief period away from the dugout, Phillips and Halford joined Glossop in May 2017. Despite enjoying a relatively successful spell at Surrey Street, the duo left for Buxton after just 10 months, leaving the Hillmen 11 points outside the playoffs.