Staffordshire non-league club Brocton have announced a new first team boss after the exit of previous management team Kevin Weldon, Dave Weldon and Matthew Allman.
The trio left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday following a dip in form.
The Badgers have lost five of their last six games in the North West Counties Football League (NWCFL) First Division South.
In fact, they have suffered four consecutive losses, conceding 17 goals in that time.
As a result, Brocton sit 15th in the table and just three points off the bottom three having won just four of their 14 league matches.
Their goals-against record is now the second worst in the division (44), as is their goal difference (-24).
New manager ‘so pleased’ to manage Brocton
Brocton have now revealed that former player Alex Curtis has become the club’s new player-manager.
The former Chasetown and Stafford Rangers man will be joined in the dugout by coaches Jake Triggs, Steve Vaughn and John Hamnett.
Speaking about his appointment, Curtis said: “I am so pleased to be given the opportunity to manage this football club.
“I am delighted to have Jake, John and Steve joining me in managing the club and are all people I trust and worked with previously.
“There are some good players at the club and I hope to add more quality to the squad in the coming weeks.”
Brocton chairman Nigel Pepper added: “It is a fresh start for the club.
“Alex knows the club well and has a wealth of contacts in the Stafford area which will be required to add to the current squad.
“It has been a difficult season up to know but with 24 games left, Alex has time to get the team moving forward in the way that we all want to see.”
Previous management team speak on time at Brocton
Former boss Weldon took to social media on Tuesday to speak candidly about his exit.
He said: “From tonight our time @broctonfc comes to an end as a management team.
“We have given our best all season in a very tough league but has not been good enough with the results and that is what counts at the end of the day.
“Great few years with the club and some good memories.”
Ex-coach Allman added: “It (has) been challenging in a very tough league with some great teams and some nice budgets.
“When the chips are down you quickly find who stands with you and who hides in the shadows with the daggers out.
“Had some great times in the dressing room with some great lads.”
Moving leagues and Covid
Brocton were moved laterally from the Midland Football League (MFL) to the NWCFL after the FA conducted a re-shuffle of the lower National League System pyramid.
The club honed in on the effect this, and the Covid-19 pandemic, has produced.
The spokesperson continued: “The FA decision to void the 2019/2020 season cost Brocton a deserved promotion to Step 5.
“Last season’s curtailment saw Brocton miss out on promotion on the Points Per Game rule.
“This season saw the club moved sideways into the North West Counties League.
“A mixture of injuries, Covid and player unavailability has proven to be a substantial challenge and results have suffered accordingly.”
Brocton were second in MFL Division 1 when the 2019/20 season was cancelled.
The following campaign, they claimed 17 points from 13 matches, earning a Points Per Game score of 1.3 upon curtailment.
The Badgers next take on second place New Mills in the league away from home on October 16.
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