Released Monday 29th August 2005 - Bob Sykes resigns as manager.

Rocester Football Club are now inviting applications for a new manager after they parted company with Bob Sykes following Saturday’s F.A. Cup defeat at the hands of Bedworth United.

The club have not won a competitive fixture for over a year, and Sykes, who took over midway through last season when the team were already adrift at the bottom of the Unibond Northern Premier League, has not managed to turn fortunes around.

Chairman Alf Hawksworth explained, “Bob told us that he wanted to finish, and we accepted his decision. We couldn’t allow the present situation to continue for very much longer anyway, and a parting of the ways was inevitable. We would, however, like to thank him for his efforts. He took over at a difficult time and tried his best to get us back on track but it just hasn’t happened for him.”

Hawksworth also admitted that the club has already received applications for the post, but is not prepared to reveal any names at this stage. “We already have three or four names in the hat but would ask anyone interested in the position to contact us as soon as possible.”

John Kinane, who was Bob Sykes’ assistant, has taken control of team affairs on a caretaker basis until a permanent replacement is appointed.