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Belford Leaves Hinckley Post

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Midland League Division One club Hinckley AFC have confirmed that manager Dale Belford has stepped down from his role due to personal reasons.

After taking charge in October, Belford led the side to eight wins from his twelve games in charge, including seven on the bounce from the start of November until last Saturday’s draw at Lichfield City.

He also guided the side to the Fourth Round of the Buildbase FA Vase with two impressive wins over higher level sides, but personal reasons dictate that his time in charge has come to an end after just over two months at the helm.

Belford told the club`s official website: “I’m disappointed that my tenure has had to come to an end so soon, but I’ve enjoyed my short spell at the club and I’d like to thank the fans for their fantastic support in every way during my time here.”

His assistant Richard Lavery and coach Tom Cherry will take charge of the side and prepare the players for the Vase tie at Marske United on January 6th.

Chairman Steve Jelfs said: “We are, of course, disappointed that Dale’s reign as manager has ended but we respect his decision to step down.

“We were delighted to appoint someone of Dale’s calibre to take over from Carl Abbott’s fine work and it’s a shame his tenure has ended so soon.

“We’re pleased that Richard and Tom have agreed to take interim charge and we’re likely to take our time appointing a successor to make sure it’s the right appointment for the club.”

Meanwhile, Dale`s son Ty Belford has also confirmed he will be leaving the club.

The former Swindon Town goalkeeper was voted player of the month in November following a string of fine performances.

Belford told the club`s official website: “I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the Hinckley AFC fans and staff for my short time at the club. I was welcomed with open arms and for that I will be forever grateful.

“I genuinely wish the club all the very best for the future and I will be back to visit when I can, but for now it’s time for me to move on to pastures new”.

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