Ilkeston Town have parted company with manager Martin McIntosh – despite being four points clear at the top of the table.
The former Rotherham United player took charge at the Midland Premier Division side in September having spent six years managing Buxton in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
McIntosh won 14 of his 19 matches in charge of the Robins but surprised everyone on Monday when his departure, by mutual consent, was confirmed.
McIntosh said: “From the moment I arrived, everyone has welcomed me into the role. I feel we have achieved some positive results and over the course of the past three months I’m proud to have maintained our stranglehold at the top of the table.
“I’d like to thank the players, staff, supporters and everyone involved with the club during my time and wish everyone the best of luck in achieving promotion this season – I have every confidence that you will do so.”
Confirming McIntosh’s departure on the club’s website, Ilkeston’s Chief Operating Officer Anthony Redwood added: “Martin joined us with an impressive CV and many qualities we felt would really drive us forward. Results have kept us in a very good position, but there are many other elements to the role that have to be right.
“We had amicable, constructive dialogue this morning and agreed that Martin’s departure was in the best interest of both parties. Both Alan Hardy and myself would like to thank Martin for his contribution and he leaves the club with our very best wishes.”
Coach Craig Swinscoe will temporarily take charge of first-team affairs in the absence of player-assistant manager Ian Deakin, who is recovering from knee surgery.