Duxbury leaves Eagles for personal reasons

Eccleshill United won the West Riding County Cup at Valley Parade under the stewardship of Lee Duxbury

Eccleshill United won the West Riding County Cup at Valley Parade under the stewardship of Lee Duxbury

First published in Eccleshill

ECCLESHILL United will be under new management this season after confirming that former Bradford City midfielder Lee Duxbury has left the club.

Director of football Mark Ellis and football chairman Adrian Benson have settled on a new structure as they contemplate how to take the Eagles forward following the departure of Duxbury.

It took some time to configure but they have brought in three men, with David Cope heading the triumvirate.

Mark Tinker will handle things from the dugout on match days and his assistant will be Martin Devanney, who will also be registered as a player.

Benson said: "We are very sad to have lost Lee but, due to personal reasons, he has left the club.

"A lot of credit has to go to Lee and everyone here appreciates all his hard work during last season, culminating in the fantastic achievement of winning the West Riding County Senior Cup final against Harrogate Town at Valley Parade.

"Mark Ellis will now be working closely with the newly appointed and vastly experienced David Cope, who will be general manager.

"Mark Tinker, currently a coach at Barnsley's Academy and a RIASA coach, has been appointed first-team head coach and his assistant will be former Cheltenham Town and Barnsley player Martin Devanney.

"Both Mark and Martin are UEFA B-qualified coaches and are currently working towards UEFA A-licence accreditation and meet our club's strict policy that all first-team coaches hold a minimum UEFA B licence."

The new coaching staff are in situ and have already begun working towards the first game of the new campaign.

The Eagles get their 2014-15 season off with a home match against Louth Town in a fortnight on Saturday, August 9.

Benson said: "I think the new structure will give us every chance of being successful and we are all looking forward to the season.

" It also shows the professionalism we will be taking with us into the new season and, hopefully, for the coming years."

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