SHEFFIELD FC: Shabby treatment from the world’s oldest club: Mark Shaw

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Mark Shaw has spoken of his shock and anger at being axed as Sheffield FC manager after just 12 months in charge.

His sacking followed a 7-0 defeat at Ilkeston in the semi-final play-offs on Monday - in which Club were not helped by Conor Higginson’s sending off just before the break.

The following morning Shaw said he was looking forward to next season and seeing his young side bounce back.

However, he was summoned to a meeting with Chairman Richard Tims and Director of Football Paul Rodgers to be told his services were no longer required.

Shaw said: “I didn’t want to go, I’ve been sacked, the club said they wanted a change of direction. I’m not happy with the reasons they gave and feel harshly treated, to say the least.

“The reasons they gave me didn’t add up and I certainly felt were not enough to sack me.

“Had we finished in the bottom half of the table I wouldn’t have had a problem with it. But we finished fourth, reached the semi-finals of the Sheffield Senior Cup and had a great run in the FA Trophy. It seems I’ve been sacked on the back of one bad result. I was doing what I thought was a good job but I’ve had the rug pulled from underneath me.

“I don’t feel I’ve had a fair crack of the whip. I’ve not been given the time or the support and I think it’s a very poor decision. Because the club cannot compete with clubs with big budgets I’ve been working with young players and a young squad but I feel we were on the verge of pulling a very good side together.

“You have to give managers time to build a squad. Successful clubs do that but I have not been given that time. It’s a great football club and I’m saddened to leave but there does seem to be an undercurrent pulling against you.”

Shaw says for now he will take a break from the game. “I’m going to spend some time with my family,” he added.

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Frickley Athletic, who finished fourth bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier, have been reprieved and avoided relegation after Northwich Victoria appeared before an FA Disciplinary hearing and were demoted one division.