Skelmersdale United chairman Paul Griffiths has written the following statement…
Due to the increased commitments placed upon Alan Rogers with his Football League club duties and new duties for the F.A., regretfully he has had to relinquish his position as manager of Skelmersdale United F.C.
Alan has discussed the situation with the Chairman and Board and he felt that he could no longer give his full attention to Skelmersdale United and that it would not be fair to the club and supporters.
In recognising the professional that Alan is, we regretfully accepted his decision. Alan and his management team will see the club through until we are able to appoint a new manager. We wish Alan great success in his future within the Football League and the F.A.
On a personal note, I would like to say that I have the greatest respect for Alan and cannot thank him enough; he accepted the job at a time when Skelmersdale United was at its lowest ebb and had been let down by so many so-called stalwarts of the club.
A poisoned chalice so to speak, but that never deterred him or his team, we may have been relegated last season but that was an inevitability before Alan took the job. What he did was stabilise the ship which ensured our survival as a club on the pitch and let me tell you that was no mean feat.
Alan, Roy, Ben and ‘Gilly’ as a management team, thank you on behalf of Skelmersdale United, its staff and all of the fans. You will remain a part of the Skelmersdale family and are always welcome at the club. We wish you all the best.
Speaking with Alan, he expressed his sadness of the decision, “Sadly, I can’t carry on at the club, I feel really sorry for Paul, Norman, Kath and all involved with the club but the problem is that I cannot commit fully to Skem. I feel we have a squad that should be challenging in this division and some of the performances this season are not something I am proud to be associated with but of course that isn’t the reason, that I have made this decision. I have missed six games so far this season out of the ten we have played due to other work commitments and I cannot give the commitment that the club deserves.”
Further to Paul’s statement, I would like to express to Alan and the management team, a huge personal thank you for all they have done for the club, it has been a pleasure to be able to get to know and work alongside such a great management team.
Updated 18:58 - 26 Sep 2017 by Kev Panther