BRADFORD (Park Avenue) fans are still waiting to hear from the club's hierarchy as to who will oversee the day-to-day running of the Horsfall outfit following Monday evening's shock announcement that CEO Damian Irvine had left with 'immediate effect.'

The statement from the club was brief, and did not stipulate a reason for the departure or if plans were in place to replace Irvine.

The T&A has contacted club representatives, including Irvine, but by Tuesday afternoon they could either not be reached or did not wish to make public comment.

A key brief for Irvine when he took on the role in October 2018 was to turn around Avenue's finances and it is understood the club is now in a more sustainable position.

The Australian, who is understood to have divided opinion among some of the Avenue faithful, helped oversee the deal which saw giants Utilita Energy announced as the shirt's main sponsor for the coming campaign.

Irvine was also pivotal in bringing in player-manager and former Bradford City 'History-Maker' Garry Thompson.

In addition, the former CEO - who held commercial roles with Notts County, Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford Bulls in the past - played his part behind the scenes to ensure a new squad was built in time for the coming Vanarama National League North season.

This included the signings of players with Football League experience, such as Mitchell Lund and Ben Hedley.

In that time, Horsfall Stadium has also seen a change in its makeup.

There is now a fence around the perimeter of the pitch to allow supporters to get closer to the action, and the manager dugouts have been moved to the opposite side to prevent it from blocking the view from the main stand.

Avenue have just three days until their opening fixture of the new campaign, where they travel to play Curzon Ashton, and some fans have expressed concern on social media about a lack of clarity about the situation.

Ryan Burston responded to the news on Twitter saying: "Surely the club should give some reason as to why? All seems very sudden with no explanation?"

Meanwhile, Chris Barrat said: "No transparency in that statement then."