BRADFORD (Park) Avenue have axed Garry Thompson as manager just two games into the National League North season.

The former City winger and his assistant Shaun Gardner were dismissed after a statement released by the club late last night.

It follows a terrible start to the new campaign which has seen Avenue suffer back-to-back 5-0 losses to Curzon Ashton and Guiseley.

In the statement, chairman Gareth Roberts said: "As a club, we wholly own this decision and would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the pair for their hard work and commitment to the role.“ “We regret Garry and Shaun’s time with us has been so short as we really hoped things would work out differently as they are both great guys.

"We understand there will be question marks over our decision after only a few games in charge but hopefully this will allow them to build good careers in the game. We only wish them well going forward.”

Thompson only succeeded Mark Bower in the summer for his first managerial job.