SHEFFIELD FC: Play-off shame the final straw

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SHEFFIELD FC severed their ties with manager Mark Shaw, 12 hours after a 7-0 play-off embarrassment.

The Dronfield club announced the parting of the ways after Monday’s huge defeat at Ilkeston, although it is thought other factors also influenced the decision.

Sheffield had a decent season in the Evo-Stik Division One South and reaching the play-offs will have been a target set for Shaw when he followed Chris Dolby into the hot-seat a year ago.

The hard-working boss, who lives in Dronfield and also works as a community football coach, guided the club to fourth place in Division One and the semi-finals of the Sheffield Senior Cup.

But the Board are said to have been concerned with other issues - not least the amount of players that came in and the departure from using younger players coming through the under-19 ranks ...something close to the heart of the world’s oldest club.

Some felt the club had become unsettled and was veering away from its ethos.

Matters came to a head after the devastating loss at Ilkeston - Sheffield were fielding a team with nine players that Shaw had brought in.

Their humbling was witnessed by Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson, there to watch his son, Laurie, play for the home side and Chesterfield’s veteran striker Jack Lester.

Club announced yesterday: “We thank Mark for his work and wish him all the best. An announcement regarding the vacant position will be made shortly.”

Shaw has had management spells at Retford United, Lincoln United and Alfreton and played at teams including Parkgate FC.