Hoyle expands on Hesketh departure

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Lancaster City chairman Mick Hoyle has elaborated on the reasons for the breakdown in his relationship with former boss Tony Hesketh.

At a meeting between the board and fans on Monday night, Hoyle, also currently acting as the club’s caretaker manager, said issues dated back to his recently departed manager being considered as a candidate to take over at AFC Fylde last October.

Hoyle also said he was dismayed at the way Danny Hattersley had joined Stockport County last March, claiming he was barely consulted on the deal when questioned by fans at the meeting from which press were denied entry.

When contacted by the Lancaster Guardian, Hesketh didn’t want to elaborate but expressed “disbelief” and “disgust” at what the board had said at the meeting.

Hoyle said: “Before the meeting on Monday I was apprehensive but I have come out of it satisfied that we have put our point across.

“I think everybody in attendance was happy with what we had to say.

“The spectators that were there and the directors have something in common. It’s the passion for Lancaster City.

“Players and managers pass through but it is still our club.

“As a board of directors, we are happy with our decision.

“We are 100 per cent sure it is in the best interests of Lancaster City Football Club.”

On any move for a possible new boss, Hoyle said the club were still waiting to see who applied for the position, with a deadline of the beginning of October set for possible candidates to declare their interest.

“We’ve had some applications,” he said.

“But we’ve not done any interviews yet and are waiting to see what comes in.”

In another eventful week at the Giant Axe, the club also picked up their first league win of the season on Tuesday night after a 4-2 win at home to Bamber Bridge.

Hoyle said: “We were all over the place for the first 15 minutes.

“After yet again conceding an early goal sides that are down at the bottom can get beaten three or four nil, but we have come back twice, from 1-0 and 2-1, and showed grit and determination to get ourselves back into the game.

“We did get a bit deep in the second half but we deserved the three points. It was very encouraging.”

City host Garforth, who find themselves second from bottom, on Saturday and Hoyle is hoping to build on Tuesday’s victory.

“It’s a good time to play Garforth,” he said.

“We started to do the right things on Tuesday and have to carry that on on Saturday.

“We need to start picking up points and moving towards mid-table.

“I think after this week everyone is feeling a little bit more upbeat.

“From the meeting to the game on Tuesday I think we’ve got the lift we needed.”