ECCLESHILL United have accepted the resignation of their First Team Manager Lee Elam due to family and work commitments.

His assistant Asif Hussain has also left.

The club have said: "We would like to place on record our appreciation and gratitude to both Lee and Asif for all their hard work and dedication during their tenure at our club . They both leave on the very best terms and we wish them all the very best in the future."

With Elam leaving, the club have wasted no time in finding their replacements, with pre-season just around the corner.

Ryan Toulson has since been confirmed as the club's new First Team Player/Manager. Toulson is very highly regarded and has a wealth of experience having played for FC Halifax Town, Guiseley and Bradford Park Avenue.

He was the outstanding candidate to take up the position vacated by former Manager Lee Elam. For the last few seasons he has assisted the Management team at Conference North Club Bradford Park Avenue in a player /coach capacity.

Eccleshill have said: "We would like to express our gratitude and thanks to BPA for their cooperation in agreeing to release him to take up his new role with immediate effect.

"The club officials welcome Ryan to our club and wish him every success in the future.

"Further announcements will be made in the next few days with regards to appointment of Ryan’s assistants."

Having coached at Bradford (Park Avenue) previously, new Eccleshill boss Toulson will be leaving the likes of Mark Bower (Avenue's boss), and dicussing his departure, Bower said: "I am really pleased for Tully that he has been offered this opportunity and he leaves with our best wishes. He has been a loyal and committed part of our backroom team for several years now and he will be missed. 

"This has all come about very quickly, as can often be the case with these appointments, but we have begun to look at options to step in to Tully’s role and hope to have someone in place for pre season training."

Toulson commented: "This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, I have a great affinity towards this club (Avenue), the fans, players and of course to Mark and Danny, who I consider friends as well as part of the management team.

"I would like to thank Mark and Danny for giving me the chance to join the backroom team as coach, which has led to this opportunity to progress my career in coaching and management. The whole opportunity came about very quickly but having spoken to Eccleshill, with their ambitions for the club, I felt it was an offer I had to go for."