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Linnets boss Billy Paynter resigns

Runcorn Linnets regret to announce that Billy Paynter has earlier this evening tendered his resignation as manager, following Tuesday's Play-off Semi-Final defeat by City of Liverpool.

Billy has issued the following statement:

"I would like to thank Peter Cartledge and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage and be part of Runcorn Linnets the past 2 seasons.

"(I'd) Also like to thank Darren Moore, Gaz Moore, Liam Page, David Phillips, Jamie Rainford, Alan Knell, Dan Jago and Sara Seo for their help and support.

"Thank you to all the players who were part of the journey and shared the experiences, through the highs and lows.

Reaching the:

• Cheshire Cup Semi final, giving 5 players who came through the academy (the opporunity) to play for the 1st Team

• Liverpool Senior Cup final

• Play-offs and a Play-off Final

• 7-0 Runcorn derby win

• Finishing 2nd this season and once again making the Play-offs

"Also thank you for the amazing support home and away from the Yellow and Green army.🟡🟢

"Finishing 2nd giving Runcorn Linnets their highest finish in years was a great achievement and success by all but a few days later to lose our Play-off game was then a season failure.

"And with that failure, I take full responsibility and I will be stepping down as Runcorn Linnets FC manager

"I wish the club all the best and success in the future.


Chairman Peter Cartledge said:

"The club wishes to place on record our appreciation to Billy for the success he has brought to Runcorn Linnets.

"While everyone was very disappointed at Tuesday's Play-Off semi-final defeat, the achievement of finishing second in in Northern Premier League West Division should not be underestimated or go without high praise.

"At many other levels, it would have seen us promoted.

"We also have to remember that Billy took on the role at a very testing time for the club and has conducted himself throughout with integrity, diligence and class.

"In wishing Billy every success for the future, the club will now begin the process of finding and appointing a successor in readiness for next season."

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