FOOTBALL: Boss Clayton leaves Melksham Town
11:10am Friday 6th September 2013 in Latest News
MELKSHAM Town boss Dave Clayton has stepped down from his role at the The Conigre, it was announced today.
A club statement this morning revealed that Clayton and assistant Justin Messenger had "relinquished their roles by mutual agreement.''
It comes just three days after Town were on the end of a 6-0 hiding from Toolstation League Premier Division rivals Bristol Manor Farm.
The club also revealed they expected to appoint a new boss within "the next few days.''
Former Melksham player and reserve team boss Clayton and Messenger, who had previously captained Town as a player under Robbie Lardner and assisted previous boss Adam Young as a coach, took over in October 2011.
They soon guided Town to the top of the Toolstation League First Division during an 11-match unbeaten run and, by the end of the season, had secured promotion back to the top flight.
In a creditable first Premier Division campaign, Town finished 13th, winning 14 of their 38 matches.
They also lifted the Wiltshire Senior Cup, having been reinstated following the expulsion of quarter-final conquerors Bradford Town, going on to beat Downton 2-0 in the final at Chippenham Town's Hardenhuish Park.
This season started badly though, with defeats in four of their first five league matches, culminating in Tuesday's hammering in Bristol.
Clayton, who lives in the town and works as a buyer in the construction industry, previously spent eight seasons managing a Melksham United youth side.
The club statement added: "Dave (with Justin) has done a fantastic job since taking on the role, operating a squad within the club's ethos of local players and no budgets.
"(He) has succeeded in gaining promotion back to the Toolstation Premier (currently the only Wiltshire team in that league) and led the team to win the Wiltshire Senior Cup for only the sixth time in the club's history.
"He should be rightly proud of his achievements whilst at the helm which are the result of his commitment, passion and hard work but both parties felt it was time for a new approach in view of recent results.
"Both parties leave on the best of terms. A new manager is expected to be appointed in the next few days.''
Clayton becomes the second boss of a Wiltshire Toolstation League side to leave his post in a matter of days. Calne Town are also looking for a new manager after Ant Brown ended his tenure at Bremhill View earlier this week.
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