FC Halifax Town: Bad run forced us to act, says Bosomworth

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Town chairman David Bosomworth says the decision to part company with manager Neil Aspin was based on results from last season as well as their start to this campaign.

Aspin left the club yesterday, ending a six-year spell at The Shay which saw them achieve three promotions after being demoted from the Conference in 2008.

Aspin led Town to a play-off place and a ninth-placed finish in their previous two seasons in the National League, but the club have won just once in 10 games so far this term, collecting five points from a possible 30.

Bosomworth said the board, who have placed chief scout Gareth McClelland in charge for tomorrow’s home game with Southport, gave Aspin as long as they could before making the decision.

“We’ve achieved a huge amount during his time at the club and he’s done a very good job,” he said.

“It’s not a decision based solely on this season but on the back end of last season as well.

“We’ve collected something like 23 points from 27 games, which is a disappointing return.

“We’ve tried to give it the maximum amount of time but after 10 games we’re second from bottom and not sure whether the results are going to turn for the positive.

“Hopefully we can go onwards and upwards from here and, at the very least, stay in this division. It’s absolutely vital we do that.”

The Town chairman stressed that the decision wasn’t taken lightly and admits a change of manager doesn’t guarantee a change of results.

“You don’t work with someone as long as we have with Neil and go through all the highs and lows we have with him without making this decision with a lot of thought and consideration,” said Bosomworth.

“The last thing we wanted was to be making a decision like this.

“Continuity has always been our watch word, as we believe that is vital to success.

“But we’ve got to try and take a decision that will be in the best interests of the club going forward.

“There are no guarantees that a change will bring success, but we have to try and identify the right person, to carry on with the excellent work Neil has done.”

Bosomworth is calling on the Town supporters to get behind McClelland in tomorrow’s crunch clash with fellow strugglers Southport and for Tuesday’s game against Gateshead.

“We need everybody to give their support to Gareth McClelland and the team on Saturday and Tuesday night against Southport and Gateshead, for what are very important games for the club,” he added.

“At the end of the day it’s the fans’ team that will be out on that pitch and they need everyone’s support.

“We’ve got to start picking up points. We’ve won one and drawn two of our last three home games and another win would be very welcome.

“Let’s get behind the team and make as much noise as possible.”