Ex-Sheffield United coach Mick Wadsworth resigns as Sheffield FC manager due to ‘personal reasons’

Mick Wadsworth. Pic by James Williamson
Mick Wadsworth. Pic by James Williamson
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Mick Wadsworth has stepped down as manager of Sheffield FC after less than six months in charge.

It is understood that Wadsworth, who turned 64 on Monday, informed the players of his decision immediately after Saturday’s 1-0 FA Trophy exit against Witton Albion at Dronfield - Club’s third defeat on the spin.

“Mick has resigned for personal reasons,” said chairman Richard Tims. “We didn’t want him to go and tried to see if there was anything we could do.

“We were aware he had some personal issues and had recently given him some time away from the club.”

Club are unlikely to rush into making a quick appointment, with assistant Jordan Broadbent taking charge of team affairs.

“We have a management team at the club so it’s business as usual at the moment,” Tims continued.

“Jordan has already shown he is very capable and he will have the help of Ian Whitehorne and director of football Paul Rogers.”

The experienced Wadsworth came to Sheffield with a high-profile CV, having worked under Sir Bobby Robson with Newcastle United and England. He also held roles at Southampton, Carlisle, Huddersfield, Oldham and Hartlepool before assisting Chris Morgan during a spell in caretaker charge of Sheffield United.

Wadsworth leaves having won nine and drawn three of his 22 matches in charge.

Sheffield, meanwhile, came from a goal down to beat bottom of the table Kidsgrove Athletic 2-1 last night with substitute Liam Bryan and James Knowles on target.

In the Sheffield Senior Cup, Stocksbridge Park Steels crashed out 3-0 at last season’s beaten finalists Frickley Athletic.

Elsewhere, Danny Critchlow claimed a hat-trick as Handsworth Parramore beat local rivals Hallam 4-2.

Worksop Town suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Swallownest MW while Maltby Main edged through 2-1 at home against Swinton Athletic.