Clitheroe boss Moore leaves by ‘mutual consent’

Stood down: Paul Moore

Stood down: Paul Moore

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Clitheroe have parted company with manager Paul Moore by “mutual consent” after Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Kendal Town.

Clitheroe finished eighth last season - seven points outside the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off places, having challenged throughout the campaign.

But after two wins from 11 league games before Saturday, and exits from both lucrative FA competitions, both parties decided to come to the decision.

Moore stood down, along with his assistant Dave Hughes, following a meeting with club officials at Shawbridge.

In a statement released on their website on Saturday night, the Blues said they expect to secure Moore’s successor in time for Tuesday’s Lancashire FA Trophy clash at home to Wigan Robin Park.

Chairwoman Anne Barker said: “We have a candidate in mind and would hope to have a new management team in place very shortly.

“The club would like to put on record its thanks to Paul and to Dave Hughes for a successful league season in 2012-13.

“However, a poor start to the season, the lack of success in either of the major FA competitions over the past two years and the corresponding financial impact, compounded by a drop in home attendances and an alarming fall in away support, guided the committee’s position.”

Moore was appointed in May 2012 after previously managing Leek Town, Warrington Town and Congleton Town.

A UEFA A licence coach, he was also Director of Football at Woodley Sports.