By Matt Bishop
National League North side FC United of Manchester have parted company with long-serving manager Karl Marginson.
Marginson is the club’s only ever boss, having been in charge of FC United since its inception in 2005.
In his 12 year spell at the helm, which began with the 46-year-old having no managerial experience, Marginson has guided the club to four promotions, three league titles and last season’s Manchester Premier Cup triumph.
Nevertheless, FC United’s form this season has been poor, with the club languishing second bottom in Step Two.
A statement from FC United’s board on the club’s website said: “We’re sure that all FC United members and supporters will join us in thanking Karl for more than twelve years of fantastic service to the club.
“What the club has achieved on the pitch during this time, winning four promotions, has been wonderful and much of that has been down to Karl’s hard work and keen eye for spotting talented young players.
“Off the pitch Karl’s love for the club and embracing of its values has been there for all to see. Such loyalty and commitment is all too rare in modern football and this has been a difficult decision and one that is tinged with sadness.
“We’ve had a disappointing start to the season, certainly not one that we were hoping for and we feel that the time is right for a change to enable us to improve our league position.
“It goes without saying that Karl will always be welcome at this football club and we look forward to seeing him back at Broadhurst Park.”
As well as amazing league success, Marginson was also the mastermind behind FC United’s stunning FA Cup run in 2010, which included an unforgettable win over Rochdale in 2010, and a replay against Brighton & Hove Albion – two of the club’s greatest ever nights.
After his departure, Marginson said: “To manage this football club has been a privilege and an honour, so it’s a very sad day for me to be leaving.
“What we’ve achieved on and off the pitch over the last twelve years has been brilliant – it’s a special football club and one that will always hold a place in my heart.
“I will always be a supporter of the club. I’d like to wish everyone at the club and its supporters all the very best for the future.”