Posted: 06.10.19 at 16:46 by The Editor
Oakham United FC joint first team managers Stewart Lambie and Michael Nelson have resigned.
The duo, who took on the shared role last season, broke the news to the players yesterday (Sat).
Michael has stepped down with immediate effect, while Stewart will continue in the role - supported by coach Ross Balloch, until a replacement is recruited.
Both Michael and Stewart will continue to play for the club and remain on the committee.
Craig Shuttleworth, Oakham United Director and Football Club Secretary, told Oakham Nub News: "Stewart and Michael have stepped down because they do not feel they can get the team where they want it to be.
"You have to admire them for taking a decision like this because they want the best for the club.
"Personally I would like them to continue, but if that is their decision then you have to respect that.
"We are all relaxed about it, they're not going anywhere I chatted with Stewart this morning at the club. He was there helping out with the U12 Girls.
"Stewart and Michael spoke to the players yesterday who were naturally disappointed, as we all are, but will all carry-on.
"The first team management and coaches have worked incredibly hard so the new manager is going to come in on a strong footing.
"Ross will continue to coach if required by the new manager, if not he will be helping the reserve team."
Mr Shuttleworth said the club 'is already receiving applications' for the manager role.
Stewart and Michael's announcement comes just three months after the resignation of club Chairman Thomas Beach after just five months in the role.
"With regard to replacing Tom," said Mr Shuttleworth, "there are decades of experience in running a football club on the current committee so we are not rushing into anything at present.
"We would like more volunteers to join the club as every volunteer organisation does, more hands make light work."
Anyone interested in the manager's position or volunteering can contact the club by emailing [email protected]