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Pickering Town sack manager Jimmy Reid
JIMMY REID, Pickering Town’s most successful manager, has been sacked by the Northern Counties East League premier division club.
Less than 12 hours after the Pikes were beaten 4-0 at Barton Town Old Boys in midweek, Reid was telephoned by club chairman Keith Usher to say he had been dismissed, ending an eventful reign of just under two years. He replaced Pete Vasey in December 2011.
The bombshell rocked Reid as he had already arranged a new strategy meeting with his assistant Steve Brown late yesterday, obviously now cancelled after his exit.
And in another twist Reid revealed the Pikes new boss for tomorrow’s game at home to high-flying Thackley is likely to be former manager Mitch Cook, who left the Recreation Ground outfit for NCEL rivals Bridlington Town two and a half years ago.
A dismayed Reid said: “I am disappointed that it has ended this way, but that’s football, that’s life and I’m not going to get cut up about it.
“I don’t think that we are that far away with the lads and before the last two defeats we went on a run of four straight wins which got us back in the reckoning, so I can’t really understand the timing of it. I did not expect the sack.”
It was the season before last when Reid – one of the most colourful characters on the non-League circuit – returned to the Pikes as manager after an earlier spell as boss and also as a player.
In his second spell he and assistant Brown, aided by coaches Dean McAuley and Steve Sturdy, wrought a dramatic transformation in the club’s fortunes.
They arrived with Pickering in the lower reaches of the NCEL premier division to savour a superb 2012/13 season in which the club finished in the top five and also lifted the North Riding County Cup – a knockout triumph never before achieved in the club’s history.
Added Reid: “I never really wanted the job in the first place but I answered an SOS call and came back to help out.
“The team were second from bottom in the league when me and Brownie arrived, but last season we had a really decent team. We finished fifth in the league and won the North Riding Cup.”
He said that part of this season’s turbulent form had been down to the recruitment of new players who had not quite gelled.
“We’ve not had the same vibe as last year and that’s what’s been most disappointing for me and Brownie who were due to meet again to try to sort it out,” said Reid. “But that’s it now. I’ll just get on with my life.”
Pikes chairman Usher said: “Pickering Town FC have regrettably taken the decision to part company with Jimmy Reid. The club wish to thank him for his contribution over the past two years.”
He added that coaches Brown and McAuley will be in charge for tomorrow’s game against Thackley.
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