Northallerton Town manager Danny Mellanby leaves, five days after chairman exit

Northallerton Town in action against South Shields earlier this year
Northallerton Town in action against South Shields earlier this year

Danny Mellanby resigned as manager of Northallerton Town manager on Saturday, five days after club chairman Peter Young stepped down.

Mellanby shocked members at the RGPS Stadium after quitting immediately after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Billingham Synthonia despite Town sitting pretty in the Ebac Northern League Second Division promotion race.

Former Northallerton striker Jamie Clarke had put Synthonia ahead with a looping header early on before Mattie Osmond scored the second with a shot in off the bar.

The match put out of North’s reach on 21 minutes when Clarke fired home his second, and Mellanby’s men were unable to salvage a consolation in the remaining 70 minutes.

Northallerton sit seventh in the table and have recorded six wins from 15 matches, lying only four points behind third-placed Ryhope Colliery Welfare.

Mellanby sighted a lack of commitment and motivation from players as his reason for leaving the club.

Northallerton Town in action against South Shields earlier this year

Northallerton Town in action against South Shields earlier this year

The former professional at Darlington becomes the third manager to leave Northallerton in the space of 12 months, following the exits of Peter Mulcaster and Stephen Skinner.

He was in charge for nine months after taking over from Skinner in January, when the former boss joined West Auckland.

Town will hope to have a new manager in place for their trip to Whickham on Saturday, before starting their North Riding Senior Cup campaign at home to Stokesley Sports Club next Wednesday.

Young stepped down as chairman last Monday owing to personal reasons.

A short club statement read: “The committee would like to tank Pete for all his work over the last two years and are now looking for a new chairman. We would like to hear from anyone who would like to be considered for the position.”

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