Kirkley and Pakefield boss Jon Reynolds signs off

PUBLISHED: 10:16 26 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:26 26 August 2011

Former Kirkley Manager Jon Reynolds

Former Kirkley Manager Jon Reynolds


KIRKLEY & Pakefield are searching for a new manager after Jon Reynolds sensationally resigned from the post earlier this week.

Reynolds feels he is unable to dedicate the time needed to the club due to work and family commitments and believes it is time someone else took up the challenge.

“It just got to the stage where I was dedicating 35-40 hours a week to the team,” said Reynolds, whose final game in charge of the Royals ended with a 4-3 victory over Walsham Le Willows at Walmer Road on Tuesday night.

“I am very busy with work and you have to give up so much of your time to do the job properly. When it starts to affect how much you are seeing your family then I thought it was time to take stock.” Kirkley have endured a difficult 2011 after the club decided to make a number of cutbacks resulting in several senior players leaving Walmer Road. Some of the club’s younger players stepped up to help the Royals to a mid table finish but the summer brought more departures.

However, Reynolds was able to bring the likes of Dominic Smith and Joe Bell from Great Yarmouth Town over the summer and he feels he is leaving the club in good shape. “I believe that we’ve got a squad capable of taking the club forward but it needs a lot of time dedicated to it to ensure it is successful,” he added. “With all the turmoil that we have been through I could not give the club the time it needs to do that. I would like to thank everyone at the club and wish it every success in the future.”

Kirkley confirmed yesterday that a search for Reynolds’ replacement is already well underway and they hope to be able to announce his successor on Saturday following a committee meeting this evening.

Kirkley & Pakefield commercial manager Dave Woodruff said: “The club, at the moment, are looking at two options on who will succeed Jon Reynolds. The outcome of this will be decided on Saturday (tomorrow). The club would like to thank Jon for all his efforts during his time with the Royals.”

n Read Jon Reynolds’ thoughts on his Kirkley & Pakefield tenure and his views on the state of football in the Ridgeons League in next week’s Journal.

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