ST Martins have drawn the line under a turbulent week with with the appointment of a new manager.
Josh Gough has taken the helm at Park Hall after James Etherington stepped down from the role in midweek following a 3-1 defeat to Eccleshall.
The club suffered a humiliating Buildbase FA Vase defeat on Saturday – being thrashed 18-0 by Hinckley.
However the North West Counties South League club is now looking to the future under former Wem Town manager Gough.
Director of Football Steve Garnett said: “James’ tenure has been made difficult by personal factors but the football struggles were mainly due to the lack of continuity of players, staff and match/training time because of the Covid pandemic.
“James informed the players after the match that he expected them to continue to develop, to prove that his investment in them was worth it and to fully support the new management regime.
“Everyone involved with the football club wishes to thank James for all his hard work and enthusiasm and we wish him all the best in his future career.”
The club is now planning for the rest of the season with Gough at the helm.
Garnett said: “We are delighted to welcome Josh to the club, he is a local manager who has plenty of experience in and around this level.
“As soon as the position became available he made his interest known.
“He wanted to be a No1 again despite enjoying his role as assistant at Haughmond who I would like to thank for allowing us to appoint Josh with ease.
“Josh also believes he is the right man to turn our season around and so do the committee.”
Gough will be assisted by Ryan Butcher and Dave Smith with Martyn Fitzsommons and Dan Whittall completing the backroom.
“We welcome back some familiar individuals to the club and they are ready to assist the new manager,” said Garnett. “Everyone would like to give a warm welcome to our new management team and I am sure our season will start heading in the right direction.”