Ramsbottom United’s managerial team have resigned from the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium club.


Joint manager Anthony Johnson and coach Glenn Moses have moved to Evo-Stik Division One North side Salford City, whilst joint manager Bernard Morley has also departed, with the Rams in mid-table during their first season in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier.

Johnson and Morley were in their sixth season at the club, having taken over the reins in the North West Counties League.  After two high finishes (4th and 2nd), promotion was gained in their third season, and during their first campaign in Evo-Stik North, they missed the play-off places by one point.

Last season saw the club gain their second promotion in three years, with a thrilling play-off success at Bamber Bridge, to move the club up to the highest level in its history.

The club wishes all three the best for the future, and thanks them for the excellent efforts and success during their time at Ramsbottom United.

The club have moved swiftly to appoint popular Rams legend, Jon Robinson, as the club’s new manager.

Jon has been with the Rams for six seasons, and earlier this season celebrated scoring 100 goals for the team.

At a hastily arranged meeting on Saturday, Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley explained their reasons for having resigned as joint managers of Ramsbottom United having been in the job for six years.  Both Johnson and Morley were announced as the new management duo at Salford City this evening with Glenn Moses joining them as coach.  The club have moved already to appoint Jon Robinson as player-manager in their place.

In all the circumstances, it was perhaps fortunate that the Rams’ away game at Curzon Ashton that afternoon had been postponed.

They said they felt they had reached their limit with what they could do within the financial resources available to them, that they felt that they had hit a brick wall and could no longer do justice to the squad and that generally the club had reached its limit and could no longer match their ambitions.

The appointment of the joint managers appeared risky at the time but in the event proved to be inspired – the club rocketing under their stewardship to be within three promotions of the Football League.  Much of their success has been in identifying young talented players and building a fierce sense of loyalty and family within the squad.  This great strength is now the clubs greatest weakness on their departure.  It was clear from the sentiments being expressed that the players identify themselves more with the managers than the club.

There is no good time to lose a manager and many Rams fans, now apprehensive of the future, will no doubt be wishing that there could be a change of mind but it is obvious that was not on the cards, especially now the deal has been completed.  The remainder of the season is now likely to be testing.  Whereas at the turn of the year, eyes were on a reinvigorated push back into the play-off places, securing a comfortable mid-table position will now be seen as an achievement.

In due course though, many may well come to the conclusion that the managers assessment of where they were with the squad and the assessment of the aspirations of a club of the size of Ramsbottom United lacking ex-professional superstar sugar daddies and their ilk was more than realistic.  Quite frankly, a sober analysis is that the club has reached its level, so we should be quite proud to have done so, and should be content with staying there.  There is more to development than constant promotions and those who bemoan that as a lack of ambition should ask themselves, and be able to explain, what they see the limit of those ambitions to be!

And nothing is forever and the only certainties in life are death and taxes.  So while the departure of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley could have been better timed, the best response is to congratulate them on a job well done, give them best wishes for their future and to look forward to renewal and bright future under the new manager, who is a very shrewd choice.

Appointing a manager with no previous managerial experience …. sound familiar?

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