The North West Counties Football League
Published 27th March 2012
....as assistant to Nigel Coates.
A combination of work commitments, an imminent hip replacement operation next month and a desire to seek fresh challenges has led to McMahon's departure from the Holt House Stadium.
McMahon said: “Having been invited to join the management team some two seasons ago, I have nothing but praise as to how much work both on and off the park that the club’s committee put in on a daily basis.
“In my first season as assistant-manager we finished in fifth position which was three places above me prior to joining. You ask yourself, ‘Can I and have I made a constructive contribution in my first season’ and the answer to that is a definite `Yes`.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the club and playing staff all the very best for the remainder of season. They are a great bunch of people”.
McMahon, who has previously been assistant-manager with Hyde FC reserves, first-team coach at Ashton United and also assistant-manager at Chorley, has no immediate plans in the pipeline other than a date with a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wrightington Hospital next month.
However, once his recuperation is complete, he plans to be ready to hit the ground running again next season.
“Having managed the pain in my right hip for the past eight years due to the wear and tear of playing professional and semi-professional football in my early years, it’s now time to go under the knife and have a full hip replacement on the 30th April.
“I have already received one tentative phone call in regards to next season and what my plans are, and no doubt when word gets around it won’t be too long until the mobile starts ringing on a regular basis. But at what level of football and in which capacity, your guess is as good as mine”.
Colne chairman Dave Blacklock said: “We would all like to thank Lol for his contribution to the club during his time here. He always tried to promote the club in a positive way through the local media, and I have a great deal of admiration for the effort and work he put in on behalf of the club. We wish him well in the future.”