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Nicholas leaves Rec after one game in charge
6th August, 2019
Athersley Recreation have parted company with manager Graham Nicholas following their opening day 6-0 defeat at Goole AFC in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday.
It means that the former Garforth Town, Ossett Town and Parkgate boss, who was appointed in May, took charge of one competitive match at the Rec.
A statement released by the club said: "The club have made the decision to relieve our manager Graham Nicholas from his position as manager.
"The board felt that they had to make the decision now even though he had not been in the job long.
"It is very difficult to manage a club like Athersley Recreation - we are not a club who have financial clout but have strong values in sticking to producing good young players and being brave enough to give them a chance.
"The club is built on passion, commitment and hard work, not on paying players and the vast number of money spiders that now dominate football.
"We have always been a community club and pride ourselves on being a big family with loyal players, volunteers, sponsors and parents.
"If this means we have to take a step back and rebuild so be it as the club's existence is paramount.
"Pete Goodlad will take charge and prepare us for our FA Cup fixture this coming Saturday (at home to Padiham) and is happy that all the backroom staff are totally committed to maintaining the values of the club."