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Black Quits Ossett Town Hot-Seat

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Evo-Stik League North club Ossett Town have accepted the resignation of Grant Black as manager with immediate effect.

Black was appointed as manager in February 2016 – his first managerial role – after a successful playing career in the National League North and Northern Premier League with the likes of Harrogate Town, Buxton and Stalybridge Celtic.

He led the club away from relegation to safety and then to the play-off final in under sixteen months.

However, after an encouraging start to this season, a run of one win in nine matches, including the derby defeat to Ossett Albion on January 1st led to his decision to resign.

Lee Ashforth and Steve Ridley will be taking temporary charge of first-team affairs as the club takes time to consider next steps.

A statement from the club reads: “We would like to formally acknowledge and thank Grant for the significant achievements he has brought to the first team over the last two years – we have many fantastic moments from his tenure that will live in the memories of all associated with Ossett Town and others for many years to come”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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