Lancaster City joint managers resign

Former Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.

Former Lancaster City managers Neil Wainwright (left) and Michael Stringfellow.

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Lancaster City’s joint managers have resigned after seeing their budget cut.

The Lancaster Guardian understands Neil Wainwright and Michael Stringfellow tendered their resignations on Tuesday afternoon after learning on Monday the amount they had to spend on wages would be reduced.

The pair, who took over following the sacking of Tony Hesketh in October, broke the news to shocked players at training later that evening.

Wainwright said: “We think we’ve done a great job and can leave with our heads held high.”

It is understood director of football Mick Hoyle will take caretaker charge for the second time this season ahead of the game against Mossley at Giant Axe on Saturday.

The former Morecambe players had overseen a six-game unbeaten run at the start of 2013 before The Dolly Blues lost their last two games, and leave the club 11th in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Several players took to Twitter to express their surprise at the news and gratitude to their former bosses.

Defender Rory Winters, brought to the club by the joint managers, said: “strange game..im gutted, was really enjoying my footy again, see what saturday brings.”

Billy McKenna said: “Gutted to see @wainy11 (Wainwright) and stringy leave the club, been a pleasure to work under.”

Simon Wills said: “Just as we start becoming a team again this happens #Joke”

Danny Gregson said: “big thanks to (@wainy11) and stringy for the last 5 months or so, never enjoyed going to training and playing games so much! all the best!”