Dan Gleeson departs as manager of Cambridge City

PUBLISHED: 13:09 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:09 30 November 2016

Dan Gleeson has left as Cambridge City manager.

Dan Gleeson has left as Cambridge City manager.

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Dan Gleeson has left his role as manager of Cambridge City.

The 31-year-old former Cambridge United and Luton defender took up the reins in the summer from long-serving boss Gary Roberts, and was presented with a difficult task.

He inherited a threadbare squad with just a handful of players signed on, and only three weeks to prepare for the start of the new Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division.

Three wins and three draws from the first 10 games offered plenty of promise, but as the autumn months have gone on the form has started to tail off.

City have picked up just three points in the league – three draws – out of 15 games and it leaves them just two points off the bottom of the table.

Gleeson’s last match in charge was a 2-1 defeat at Biggleswade Town on Tuesday night.

City chairman Kevin Satchell said: “I am really disappointed that it hasn’t worked out for Dan. He has worked incredibly hard and was faced with a very difficult situation when he arrived.

“Everybody has been hoping that results would improve but this hasn’t been the case and I feel we need to make a change now so that we still have a fighting chance of avoiding relegation as we embark on the second half of the season.”

And Gleeson said: “I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity especially the chairman and the board, I accept the full responsibility for the results this season.

“However, the plight of the club which I inherited was out of my control but it is my sincere wish that the club moves forward.

“With this in mind, I wish my successor all the very best in their quest to remain in the Southern League Premier Division this season.”

Neil Midgley has been placed in temporary charge of team affairs, but the club hopes to appoint a successor imminently.

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