Pennington withdraw senior sides from Manchester League
PENNINGTON have withdrawn their two senior teams from the Manchester League following the departure of manager Michael Clegg to Atherton LR in June at the start of pre-season.
Secretary David Farrington said the decision was made after the Leigh-based club was unable to find a replacement for Clegg and the switch was compounded when a host of their players followed him to LR.
“We are not blaming Michael as we know this is football, but the timing was such that with pre-season already being under way there was no-one else available and we just didn’t have enough bodies left behind,” said Farrington.
“We were not prepared to get Johnny off the street to play in the league’s Premier Division.
“The irony is the club has never been stronger, with more junior and youth teams than ever before and a new women’s team.
“But our under-17s were not ready to make the step up, so we had no other option.”
Pennington, who play at Jubilee Park, had been due to take up a spot in the top tier of the Manchester League after winning promotion under Clegg last season.
They finished third in the First Division, finishing on 57 points, pipping local rivals Atherton Town to the final promotion place by one point.
Farrington added: “It has been a difficult, dark few months, but the measure of a club is how it comes through something like this and I am confident we will be back competing again, either next season of the year after.
“Hopefully that will be in the Manchester League again, but we will just have to see.”