Richard Daniels leaves as Gorleston look for fresh approach

Boxing Day football action between Kirkley and Gorleston.Gorleston manager Richard Daniels.26/12/14

Boxing Day football action between Kirkley and Gorleston.Gorleston manager Richard Daniels.26/12/14 - Credit: Nick Butcher

Richard Daniels' second spell as Gorleston manager has come to an end after a disappointing season in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Daniels returned to Emerald Park last summer following Stewart Larter's exit for higher-level Wroxham. Larter led the Greens to fourth place last season but with several of the club's best players also moving to Trafford Park, a 12th-place finish has followed this term.

In Daniels' previous spell the Greens won the First Division title in 2011 and then the Norfolk Senior Cup in 2012. He returned to the club after a short spell at Diss Town but was unable to repeat his success this season.

Gorleston chairman Alan Gordon said: 'It is tinged with sadness that we announce the departure from the club of first team manager Richard (Lugsy) Daniels by mutual consent.

'When our past manager (Larter) left for pastures new there was only one name I thought could get us out of the situation we found ourselves in and I was delighted when Lugsy agreed to come back and help the club out.

'He has built a young squad that, if we can keep together, stand a great chance of pushing for honours in a season or two.

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'Due to having other commitments that took priority, Lugsy missed a considerable part of our season's matches and I truly believe, had he attended more matches, his influence would have had us finish higher than the twelfth place we did.

'We will now seek a more hands on manager, one who is more into coaching and bringing on the local talent through our youth, under-18s and reserve teams towards the pinnacle of playing for our first team, this is the path the club must follow to produce our own home grown talent.

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'The club wish to thank Richard for all he has done this past season and wish him every success at whatever he does in the future.'

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