Belper Town sack manager Jon Froggatt and assistant Mark Ward

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Struggling Belper Town have sacked manager Jon Froggatt and assistant manager Mark Ward after a poor run of results.

Club chairman Alan Benfield said: “Recent performances and results have not been good enough to lift us out of our current predicament and we felt that we needed to take urgent action immediately to try to retain our status in the top division.

“Jon and Mark have worked really hard to try and turn things around since their appointment in October, but I am sure that even they would admit that is has been a hugely difficult job for them in their first venture into club management.

“I would like to thank them both for their efforts over the past three months and I hope that they will both wish to continue to remain with the club on the playing side of things.

“In Jon’s case, he has been a massive presence at the club since he arrived at Christchurch Meadow from Wakefield FC in 2009.

“He has been our leading goalscorer in each of the past three seasons, scoring over 30 goals in each of the campaigns, and winning the League Golden Boot award on two occasions.”

Froggatt and Ward were appointed to their positions in October following former manager, Peter Duffield’s decision to stand down following an earlier run of results that saw the Nailers slide to the foot of the table.

The latest managerial announcement was made following a continuing poor run of results that leaves the Nailers struggling at the bottom of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division table.

Replacing the departed management team will be former Grantham Town manager, Jimmy Albans, who resigned in November after four seasons with the Lincolnshire club.

He will be joined by Michael Hogg, his former goalkeeping coach at Grantham and he also hopes to appoint a first team coach in the next day or so to complete his management team.

Albans said: “My brief from the chairman is to do everything in my power to lift the team away from its precarious position at the wrong end of the table.

“I believe that this is entirely achievable given what I know about the quality of the players at the club and I can see no reason why we can’t dig ourselves out of the position we are in.

“We will give all of the current players every opportunity to show us what they are capable of and with the playing structures that we plan to introduce, I am convinced that we will succeed in the club maintaining its Premier Division status.”