Tigers seek new boss as Boocock opts to leave

On his way out: Eric Boocock
On his way out: Eric Boocock
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ERIC Boocock has quit Sheffield Tigers after four years in charge of the team.

Boocock says he has his own reasons for leaving Owlerton and would like to stay involved in the sport in some capacity.

Now the club have to look for a new man in charge as well as stepping up their search for replacements for Shane Parker, Josh Auty and Ashley Birks who have all left the club.

Boocock said: “It’s with a degree of sadness that I leave Sheffield, I first went there and rode as a kid when I was 15 and I’m 67 now.

“I’m still full of enthusiasm for the sport but I have my own reasons for leaving Sheffield which the management, Neil Machin and David Hoggart, are aware of. There have been issues since the end of the season which have not been addressed and I just feel the time is right to move on.

“I would like to thank the riders, track staff and supporters who have all been great to deal with and I wish the club well for the future. There are no hard feelings, I wish Neil and David well but the time is right to go in a different direction.”

Boocock has also moved to deny suggestions he has been made an offer from a rival club.

He said: “That’s simply not the case. I was approached last season about joining another club and I told Neil at the time. I have not received any other offer.

Sheffield issued a joint statement from Machin and Hoggart which read: “Eric Boocock has decided not to represent the club as team Manager and Co-Promoter in 2012 and hopes to enjoy his speedway from the terraces with less stress, after 50 years in the sport he deserves it.

“This will give Eric the freedom to fullfil his other motorcycling commitments. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution.”