21st Jan, 2019

Reds sack Byfield despite dramatic fightback

Liam Moakes 18th Dec, 2017

REDDITCH United have begun the search for a new manager after parting company with Darren Byfield on Saturday evening.

Byfield watched the Reds fight back from a 2-0 half time deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with St Neots Town at the Trico Stadium but, just minutes after full time, the boss was dismissed by chairman Chris Swan.

Late goals from Ashley Sammons and Spencer Weir-Daley earned a share of the spoils for United, who sit 12th after just one win in their last ten league games.

A club statement said: “Darren has led the team with professionalism and dedication, both on and off the pitch over the course of his tenure, for which the club will always be grateful for.

“However, despite early season optimism, both domestic and cup results have fallen below the club’s expectations and ambitions and the board believes that a change in leadership is necessary to fulfil its ambition of challenging for promotion this season.”

Chairman Swan said: “On behalf of the Redditch United board, I would like to place on record my thanks to Darren for his tremendous hard work and commitment during his time with the club.

“He has made a valuable contribution to the club and I wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Club captain Danny Jackman has been placed in temporary charge until a successor has been appointed. The club’s search for a new manager is already under way and an announcement regarding Byfield’s replacement will be made in due course.

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