Shaw Lane AFC have been rocked by the news that manager Craig Elliot has left the club to join Boston United.
Elliott took over at Shaw Lane in February 2014 and since then has led the team to three promotions in four seasons, as well as securing the Sheffield Senior Cup last term and taking them to the first round proper of the FA Cup in the current campaign.
In a press release chairman Craig Wood said: “Craig spoke to myself this morning to announce his decision. He stated that he had not made the decision lightly but felt that the opportunity to manage such a big club as Boston United does not come round too often.”
He went on: “Unfortunately when a manager is as successful as Craig has been then invariably it will attract attention from other clubs.
“Although Craig was under contract with Shaw Lane until 2019 agreement has been reached between both clubs and I would like to thank him for the great work he has done at our football club. I wish him well for the future.
Elliot is expected to take his back room staff with him, although this has yet to be confirmed.
The club will now look to find a replacement, but the chairman added: “This process has no time limits as it is imperative that the right person is chosen to take this club forward.”
Meanwhile Doug O’Connor, along with captain Ryan Qualter and senior player Neil Austin, were asked to take charge for the Sheffield Senior Cup game against Handsworth Parramore at Sheerien Park.