UPDATE 10.55pm: Farsley Celtic have announced Adam Lakeland as new first team manager. He will be assisted by former Celtic player Mark Bett. Full details here.
ORIGINAL POST: Farsley Celtic joint bosses Neil Parsley and John Deacey dropped a bombshell when they announced they were leaving the Throstle Nest club.
Parsley and Deacey both left the club with immediate effect yesterday – a blow for the club coming just weeks after winning the West Riding County Cup and promotion to the Evo-Stik League Premier Division via the play-offs.
Both former managers were remaining tight-lipped about their departure, although Parsley told the Telegraph and Argus the decision was ‘by mutual consent’.
Farsley Celtic chairman John Palmer today implied it was their decision to leave and paid tribute to them in a statement. He said:
“Following the decision by John and Neil to leave the club over the last couple of days, I would like to personally put on record my thanks to both of our departing managers.
“Both have played a huge part of this football club over the last 10 to 12 years. John has been fantastic over his two spells at the club, which culminated with a fantastic promotion campaign last year.
“I cannot thank Neil enough for his time here at Farsley Celtic. He came back as manager when we had to reform the club and he has been brilliant over these last seven seasons.”
Palmer said he was pleased that they gained the club promotion in their last season. He added:
“I would like to wish them all the best in the future, and thank them again for all the effort they have put into this football club. Many, many thanks to you both.”
The club will now begin their search for a new manager as they prepare for life in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division in August.