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Grainger to leave after "too good to refuse" opportunity PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 09 June 2021

danny grainger thumbsup.pngWorkington AFC have announced that 1st team manager Danny Grainger is to leave the club to pursue “a career opportunity that is too good to refuse” 

Chairman David Bowden stated “It’s a great sadness for us all that this has happened. Danny is an ambitious and talented coach and we always expected that he would attract attention. We never anticipated that this would happen quite so quickly, particularly after signing a longer contract, but our relationship with Danny is strong and we have no wish to stand in his way."  

Grainger,who has been in charge for the last two shortened seasons said: “It’s with great regret that I will be leaving my role as first team manager at Workington Reds. I will be forever in debt to the board, players, fans, staff and volunteers for their total support and I would like to place on record my thanks to them all.

"I have received an offer that I didn’t think would come along and it’s an opportunity that myself or my family can’t turn down. It goes without saying that the last 18 months has been a challenge for the fans and the football club, but I leave knowing myself, my staff and the board have laid the foundations for the long-term stability and success at Workington Reds F.C.

"Workington Reds will always hold a special place in mine and my family's heart for the opportunities they have afforded me, and I really wish all connected with the club the very best moving forward.”

Chairman Bowden added "The whole club are delighted at the progress we have since Danny came to the club and of course while we are very disappointed, we wish him every success for the future. We will now get on with appointing a new coaching team to work with our talented squad of players to ensure our drive for promotion continues.”

Everyone is staying tight-lipped as to Danny's destination but the smart money appears to be on a return to Scotland and a link-up with a former playing pal.

Meanwhile Reds return to pre-season training next Tuesday when Grainger's assistant Stephen Rudd will be in charge. There will be those pushing for Rudd to be elevated to number  one and continue the good work the pair have put in over the last two years.

The official club view is that they will be taking their time, sitting down to weigh-up all the possibilities and still aiming to continue the push for promotion. There will undoubtedly there will be a number of applications from out-of-work managers even though the job hasn't been advertised.   Such is the way of football. 



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