The Club can confirm that John Hewitson has now left his role as Academy Manager to take up a new job outside of football.
Hewitson has been in charge of the Club’s Academy since 2010 and has overseen the development of many young players, including the likes of Luke James, Brad Walker and Connor Simpson.
“Sadly, I have made the decision to leave the Club and the job that I love,” Hewitson explained.
“The decision wasn’t easy but, with the ongoing instability and the uncertainty over the future of the Club I have decided to leave.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunity that the Club gave me and for the seven and a half years I have worked here.
“As Academy Manager I have worked very hard to develop and improve the system and the Club has seen the benefits of that through Youth Team players progressing to the First Team or by revenue coming in from the sales of players who have come through the system.
“I have worked with some terrific people over the years and I will always look back at my time with fondness.
“I truly hope that the Club finds a buyer and looks to secure staff roles as soon as possible.”
Chairwoman Pam Duxbury added: “I would like to thank John for his long service and his support.
“His work and leadership of the Academy has been excellent and that is highlighted by the excellent results we have had not just recently but over the years.
“This season our Under-16s have won a National Final and the Youth Team have progressed to the Northern Area Final of the Youth Alliance Cup - those achievements are down in no small measure to John’s hard work and dedication.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to wish him all the very best for the future.”