Tadcaster Albion have parted company with long-serving manager Paul Marshall.
Albion have opted not to renew the manager’s contract after the team failed in their NCEL Premier promotion bid.
Marshall took the club further than ever before in the FA Vase this season before his side were knocked out in a quarter-final replay by Swindon side Highworth Town.
The 2-1 defeat to Worksop Town on the final day of season on Saturday left Taddy third in NCEL, with Shaw Lane Aquaforce taking the only promotion spot into Evo-Stik First Division North.
A statement from the i2i Sports Directors said the decision to relieve Marshall of his duties was their “toughest” since taking over the club 18 months ago.
It read: “We are close personal friends with Paul and we recognise what a great man and football manager he is, but we’ve discussed it at length and we feel it is the right decision for the club – even though, deep down, we were hoping it wouldn’t end this way.”
Albion have offered Marshall a senior role within the club, which he is currently considering.
Marshall, who became the chairman of the club on a temporary basis following Rob Northfield’s exit in 2013, said: “I’ve had seven great years with Tadcaster Albion, which is a long time to stay at a club.
“It’s been a pleasure to manage the club and to see it rise from the ashes. Through the great work of Kevin Derry and Rob Northfield, and then moving on to i2i, it’s been an amazing journey.
“I’d like to thank all of the players, coaches and everyone behind the scenes for their commitment to the club, and to me as a manager during my time at the club.
“It’s a shame that i2i have had to make this decision, but I completely understand why they have made it because we’ve come up a little bit short of late.
“Even though it was perhaps our most successful season ever, we haven’t met the targets that we set ourselves at the start of the season.
“I just hope that the dedicated group of fans we have amassed over the last few years carry on and grow in numbers, and make Tadcaster the best supported team in Step 5.”
A replacement for the job has yet to be found, with chairman Matt Gore beginning the search on Thursday.
Gore said: “Without Paul, there’s no way Tadcaster would be where it is now. He has been a superb manager for the club and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working closely with him over the last two years.
“I hope that he accepts our offer to work closely with us at a senior level within the club.
“If he chooses not to, we wish him all the best and we know there will be a plethora of clubs keen to use his experience and success as a football manager.”