NIGEL Deeley expressed his sorrow and disappointment after being sacked as manager of Witton Albion at the weekend.
His departure followed a run of nine consecutive defeats in the UniBond Premier which saw Albion drop into the bottom four.
Deeley’s number two Andy Nelson was also relieved of his duties and the pair have already been replaced by former Albion boss Gary Finley and ex-Witton full-back and Wembley hero Lee Coathup (see back page).
Albion’s acting chairman Mark Harris cited the poor run of results, the financial implications of exiting the FA Trophy and the subsequent falling attendances at Wincham Park as the reasons for Deeley’s sacking.
On Saturday, Albion lost 2-1 at home to Eastwood Town in front of 232 fans while last Tuesday they were unlucky to lose 1-0 at Kendal Town.
Although departing boss Deeley accepted the decision, he says he wished he could have had more time to achieve success at Witton.
He said: “First and foremost I want to express my extreme disappointment.
“I was proud and privileged to manage the club but the results were not good enough and I take full and sole responsibility for that and I respect and understand the decision taken by the club.
“It fills me with deep sadness and regret that I did not achieve what I wanted to for our fantastic supporters. I wish the club every success in the future.”
Deeley will now concentrate on his role with Manchester Metropolitan University’s football academy.
For Mark Harris’s full statement on the club’s decision and Nigel Deeley’s response, visit www.northwichchronicle.co.uk