LANCASTER CITY’S former management duo Michael Stringfellow and Neil Wainwright stepped down this week “for the good of the club and the players”, according to former Dolly Blue Stringfellow.
After meeting with the board on Monday and learning that their already tight playing budget would face further cuts the pair felt that they had no other choice but to step aside.
Stringfellow said: “Basically the cuts meant that we would have to lose four or five players from the squad, players that we have brought to the club; who are here playing for less money, playing at a lower level than they could – for this club.
If we stepped aside, having secured survival, then there might be only three who have to go, we feel we owed it to them.”
The remit for the former Morecambe players was to avoid relegation and Stringfellow believes they can be proud of their achievement.
He said: “To be sitting tenth, having put this squad together on a really tight budget is a thing of pride for us, to compete at this level with our budget was always going to be tough and they are a great bunch of lads.”
“We both have a lot of admiration for the players, their attitudes can’t be questioned and some of them were pretty devastated at training on Tuesday when we told them.
“We have forged some good relationships, friendships even and there is a healthy respect both ways.”
It has been a rollercoaster start to his management career but the former Dolly Blue captain says he has loved every minute of it.
He said: “It’s been a real eye-opener but it’s been great, as a player you can turn up, play your game and go but managing is much more intense, I have loved every minute of it and hope to be back in football soon. Managing a club you realise the hard work and effort that goes in all around you, the real unsung heroes of the club are the guys who work on the pitch, the kit staff, the supporters and Lancaster City needs them now more than ever.”
“This is not about Michael Stringfellow it is about Lancaster City football club, it has been a fantastic club in the past and it will be again.”