United drop reserves ‘for 12 months’

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Skegness United have dropped its reserve team for 12 months after a change of focus left it without a manager.

In a statement, club chairman Jack McGuigan, said that as a result of recent changes in work and family commitments for both of the management teams, Sam Sleight, the current manager of Skegness United Reserves, would be stepping up to become part of the first team management.

He said: “Despite still being a young manager, Sam has shown fantastic development skills with the younger players he has been working with and has a great knowledge of the local game, so it was decided we need to harness those strengths within the 1st team set up.”

However, the promotion has meant Sleight will not be able to work with the reserves and McGuigan said that, despite trying, the club had been unable to find a ‘suitable replacement’ for Sam.

He said: “With that in mind, the club felt it necessary to put the reserve team on hold for 12 months to allow us time to find a suitable replacement. We could have had a reserve team just for the sake of having a reserve team but as a club we think it is imperative that the focus of a reserve team is getting the right person to lead the development of young players to progress into the first team, which we felt would not be the case at this time.”

The reserves have been playing in the Boston Saturday League. Mr McGuigan pointed out his club are not alone, adding that Boston United, Boston Town and Lincoln United have recently withdrawn reserve teams from other leagues.

He said the next 12 months will see significant developments for United in its attempts to continue the successes it has had since its formation in 2011.

He said some of the things the team have been working towards will come to fruition for the 2015/16 season.

Mr McGuigan added: “Let us be clear that one of our priorities is to be able to identify a suitable manager to re-establish our reserve team next season in the higher level of football we all desire.

“With this in mind we hope the people of Skegness understand the reasons behind our decision and will continue to get behind us in the incredible way they have done since we burst onto the scene back in 2011.

“As a club we all remain united in our ambitions to provide a football club that the people of Skegness can be proud to support and be associated with and we look forward to welcoming you down to Wainfleet Road in the very near future.”