Kidsgrove Athletic part company with Ryan Austin

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Kidsgrove Athletic have today parted company with manager Ryan Austin.

The decision comes as the Grove’s bid for the playoffs look all but over following a run of disappointing results for the club.

In a statement, the club said: “Following a meeting, it has been agreed by all parties that the club is to part company with manager Ryan Austin.

The decision is not one taken lightly but after 3 years at the helm, the clubs hierarchy felt it was time to review the team’s management.

Despite what now seems to be a premature end to the current season, recent results had all but ended the clubs playoff ambitions.

As a club, we would like to acknowledge Ryan’s achievements in what was his first managerial role.

In particular, the clubs FA Cup runs along with cementing the club in the league after years of relegation scraps.

We would like the place on record our thanks to Ryan and wish him every success in the future.”

Austin will be remembered at the club for guiding the Grove to the 4th Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Hartlepool United. He has also taken the club from fighting relegation to finishing 10th last year in a very competitive league and until recently had the team looking at getting into the playoffs.

There has been no news on who will be Ryan Austin’s successor as manager of Kidsgrove Athletic FC.