Guisborough Town have reluctantly accepted the resignation of their manager Steve Dowling following last night’s 5-1 defeat at fellow relegation strugglers Ryhope CW.
With only three league wins out of 22 games so far this season, Guisborough are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and currently stand seven points away from safety.
‘Dowlo’ as Steve is affectionately nicknamed by the KGV faithful stepped up from assistant manager to manager when former Town boss Chris Hardy moved to Whitby Town in October 2015.
Since then the unlucky Dowlo has had to withstand the loss of the equivalent of an entire squad of quality players to other clubs, chiefly Whitby Town and so far this season virtually every member of his new squad has been missing through injury at some point.
Guisborough Town Chairman Don Cowan commented: “After the defeat at Ryhope, Steve Dowling offered to resign and it was with great regret that the club reluctantly accepted Steve’s decision.
“He was worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months since he took over as manager and particularly since the start of the season in the face of great adversity to pull around the fortunes of the club we all love so much.
“It is typical of Steve that he has decided to step aside in such a dignified way to allow us to appoint someone else at the helm who hopefully can try to bring about the much-needed revival we all want so much.
“I would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to Steve who has done everything he possibly could do and we wish him very well for the future,” added Don.
For Guisborough’s next game at home to Whitley Bay on Saturday, 26 November in charge of team affairs will be current Assistant Manager Dave Markham and first team coach Chris Fairless.
Beyond that the Club hopes to be in a position to make an announcement about a permanent new manager as soon as possible.
Steve Dowling commented: “My decision to resign has been a difficult one but after last night’s defeat at Ryhope I feel a new face with new ideas is the way forward for this great club.
“I worked as hard as possible to turn things around but it’s tough when you lose 12 members of last year’s squad. I thought I could build a good team and tried every avenue but ultimately to no avail.
“Our long injury list this season certainly hasn’t helped but that’s not the only reason for our poor performances.
“I’ve been involved in non league football for 34 years and 19 years of that coaching, so I think I deserve a rest!
“I would like to thank all the people associated with Guisborough Town and hope that my time spent with them twice as a player and three times on the management team wasn’t wasted.”
He added: “I’m sorry to leave but the future well-being of the Club is the main concern and not me or any one individual.”