BREAKING NEWS: Cook steps down as Bridlington Town manager

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Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook has left his job, just weeks after announcing he was staying in charge, despite a reduced playing budget for 2013/14.

Cook, who led the Seasiders to second and third place in the Northern Counties East League in his two seasons in charge, told the Free Press it was his decision to step down, and it was as a result of his work commitments.

The club are expected to announce their new boss in the next few days.

Cook said: “I was invited to a college in Devon as its director of football. It was a great job but I have turned it down because it is too far away.

“I have got my children here and my family comes first.

“But I informed the club halfway through last season that I was looking for a new job, and that may mean I couldn’t give the club the commitment it required.

“If I was offered a job the day before the season started, I would have had to let the club down. That wouldn’t have been fair on both of us.

“I could have stepped down at the end of the season but my circumstances have changed a little bit since then. The club know I need to look for full-time employment.”
The former Scarborough FC, Middlesbrough and Darlington player arrived at Queensgate in 2011 after spells as manager of Pickering Town and Scarborough Town.

“I have to thank the chairman Peter Smurthwaite for asking me to do the job. It was an honour and a privilege.

“I have put everything I have into the job. They are difficult jobs at this level and there are a lot of ups and downs.

“The players have been an absolute credit to the club. The ones I brought here have been a success and merged well with the existing players.

“In our first season, we missed out on the title by one point when I felt we were the best team. Last year we got 90-odd points but in ridiculous circumstances, it wasn’t good enough.

“It was very disappointing, the players deserved more than being second and third.

“There are some wonderful people at the club and it has the best pitch in the league. It is just a shame there isn’t more help for the chairman within the town.

“I have spoken to all the players and wished them all the best and encouraged them to stay together.”

In a statement, Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite said: “Further to a meeting earlier this week, Mitch Cook has decided to stand down as the first team manager due to personal circumstances involving work commitments.

“I would like to thank Mitch on behalf of the club for his work over the last two seasons which resulted in the team finishing second and third in the league and also for winning the ERCFA Senior Cup in 2012 at the KC Stadium.

“I have been pleased to have worked with Mitch and thank him for his honesty and integrity in carrying out the job and wish him well for the future.

“I don’t think people know the commitment a manager needs even at this level of football which although is a part time position requires a lot of time and effort in doing the job properly, it does not just involve work on match days and takes up a lot of time during the rest of the week.

“Mitch has always given 100% commitment and feels that due to his circumstances, could not possibly do that during the coming season and hence the reason for his decision to stand down.

“He will always be welcome at Queensgate and hopefully we will see him at some of our games in the future.

“I expect to name a new manager within the next few days in order that we can keep the continuity with the current team and prepare for what will be a tough season ahead, with the league now having been extended to 24 teams.”

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