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It has been announced today by Lancaster City FC that manager and assistant manager, Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair, have left the club by mutual consent. Peacock and Sinclair have been at the club since 2013 and have, in their time, transformed the way the club works and attempted to give the amateur club professional values. Fitness coaches had been brought in to ensure that the players are always at the top of their game.
The Dolly Blues finished last season strongly and were hoping to take that through to this season. But a lack of fire power up front meant that they have struggled to score goals so far. An exit from the FA Cup on Saturday to struggling Droylsden proved to be the nail in the coffin for the inexperienced duo.
Darren Peacock has, in the past, expressed issues with the budget available to him at the club and has perhaps struggled to adjust to the lack of funds in the Evo-Stik Division North. He made this statement shortly after the decision was made.
“It was a five-year plan but I feel I’ve taken the club as far as I can given the financial restraints and other things at the club. I’ve really enjoyed it but it has been frustrating at times. We’ve been quite far apart on a few ideas and I felt it was time to move on.”
The club made an official statement earlier explaining their decision.
“Lancaster City Football Club and Darren Peacock have parted company by mutual consent.
The club would like to express their appreciation for the time and effort Darren has put into the job, which was way beyond normally expected of managers at this level, and he has never been less than thoroughly professional in his approach, despite our modest budget.
We wish Darren all the best in his future endeavours.”
The decision has struck some as odd. Lancaster have only lost two games this season, but have been held to draws on four occasions in the league. Yet with Sinclair and Peacock being relatively large names in the footballing world, the club at times gained coverage in the national press. Trevor Sinclair is an occasional guest on BBC’s Match of the Day, meaning the Dolly Blues would be namedropped at least.
Lancaster City play Farsley Celtic in the league on Tuesday 29th in their first game without the duo.