WHITBY Town manager Lee Nogan has sensationally resigned after the club crashed out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Nogan (38), who had been in charge at the Turnbull Ground for less than 18 months, told the players of his decision after they lost 3-2 away to Ossett Town.
Whitby have struggled so far this term winning just four of their 12 Unibond Premier games and currently languish 15th in the table.
They have also flopped out of the FA Cup, and now the FA Trophy, missing out on money-spinning runs, a valuable source of revenue for the club.
Chairman Graham Manser released the following statement following the manager's shock resignation.
He said: "It is with regret the Whitby Town manager, Lee Nogan, has resigned from the club with immediate effect.
"The chairman and committee would like to thank Lee for all his help in the time he has been associated with Whitby Town Football Club and wish him and his family all the very best for the future."
The search for a manager to take the Blues back up the table will begin immediately.
Defender Phil Brumwell will take over the reins as caretaker manager, with help from skipper Matty Appleby and the club's coaches.
Mr Manser added: "Lee is a smashing man who tried his best and had a lot of rotten luck with injuries and felt gutted he couldn't take things further."
Nogan had a mixed record in charge of the Seasiders, winning 27 of his games in charge, losing 30 and drawing eight.
Scoring goals was never a problem for Town but their inability to keep them out at the other end was evident in the 109 goals scored compared to the 131 conceded.
Speculation in the town has linked former assistant Graham Robinson with the vacant post while fans have expressed a desire to see successful former coach Harry Dunn, now managing Conference North side Blyth Spartans, return to the town.
Posts on the Whitby Town fans' forum have shown the surprise of the fans, who highlighted Nogan's luck with injuries.
"I think Lee, despite the current results, was doing a decent enough job," said one post.
"Bear in mind he hasn't been able to pick Farthing, who is probably our best defender, and Tom Raw yet this season.
"Well done Lee and all the best for the future."
Whereas another fan posted: "Nogan did have a fair crack of the whip.
"Nowadays football demands something straight away. Maybe a few years ago when money wasn't a huge issue a manager would have more time for sure but now so much depends on the here and now it is pointless keeping a struggling manager."
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