NCEL Premier Division side Athersley Rec have released the following statement following the departure of Manager Luke Potter at the weekend.
A statement from the club says, “After a very long emergency board meeting today the club have decided to issue the following.
The club are delighted that first team coach Kevan Locke is staying. The post of Manager will be advertised immediately to give us time to put things in motion and to be ready for pre-season and the new season which will be upon us in no time. Last season the club in it’s wisdom decided to have a player budget and it comes with financial implications especially to a club who have run for 40 years with great success and a great family feeling.
We have a well run club and a great bunch of volunteers, for whom many clubs would give their right arm. The ground is well maintained and kept at a good standard. We have never been able to compete financially with other clubs but the Athersley spirit has always seen us through.
The board have decided to go back to the old Athersley values of focussing on home grown talent, team spirit, comradery, family club. Next season we will go back to a win bonus where players have an incentive and have to earn it not just expect it.
We know football has changed and has seen big budgets and players earning silly money. This may come at a cost we realise that, but if we lose players through it, or god forbid, we get relegated then so be it and we build again.
We need the help of everybody including the community and ex-players, supporters, sponsors and new volunteers. Myself and Alan have built and invested in this club for over 40 years and want it to be here for the next 40 years.
We are realistic where the club is financially and where our level is. I realise this may put some people off from applying for the post, but we want someone for the right reasons. Next season we want to have a Reserve side again and will be having an Under 19s so that the progression is in place.
If after reading this you would still like to apply for the managers post please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date is Friday 17th May 2019 at 5pm.”