Schofield out at relegated Steels

Darren Schofield has left Stocksbridge by 'mutual consent'
Darren Schofield has left Stocksbridge by 'mutual consent'
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Stocksbridge Park Steels are looking for a new manager after parting company with Darren Schofield over the weekend.

Steels were relegated for the first time in the club’s history after failing to win any of their last 23 Evo-Stik Premier League games.

Schofield, a long-serving player for Stocksbridge, stepped up from assistant boss to take the reins in October 2012 after Chris Willcock was sacked and saved the Bracken Moor club from relegation at the end of the 2102/13 campaign. But Steels have struggled this term winning just five of their 46 league games, which saw them finish second from bottom a massive 30-points short of safety.

After a meeting with chairman Allen Bethel it was announced Schofield had left by mutual consent. Bethel said: “All at the club knew that it was always going to be a very difficult season with a very tight budget and four teams going down, and so it proved.

“Darren tried hard to bring success, but a decision had to be made for the good of the club. We sincerely thank Darren for his very long service to the club as a player, assistant manager and manager and we wish him the very best for his future.”