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Curzon sack manager Flanagan
Friday 30th November 2018 @ 12:05 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton have today confirmed the departure of manager John Flanagan.

Flanagan’s last game in charge was a 2-1 defeat to Basford United in the FA Trophy last weekend.

A statement uploaded to the club’s website read:

The Club regret to announce that due to recent results a decision has been taken to replace John Flanagan as the Curzon Ashton Manager.

Over the past 7 years John has done a tremendous job, gaining two promotions resulting in Curzon playing at the highest level in its history.

We would like to thank John for his hard work over the years and wish him well for the future.

Flanagan took the job in the summer of 2011 and guided the club to a second place finish during his first season in charge.

He then claimed back-to-back promotions in 2014 and 2015 to take the club to the National League North – the highest level in the club’s history.

Curzon have since enjoyed four seasons at step six.

One of Flanagan’s greatest achievements was guiding the club to the FA Cup second round in 2016. Despite losing 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon, in a game that was broadcast live on BT Sport One, the club did remarkably well from the run and made over £100,00 in doing so.

The money has since been utilised to redevelop the artificial pitch at the Tameside Stadium – home to Curzon’s first team and hundreds of juniors.

Prior to Curzon’s FA Cup clash against Southport in October, Reporter Sport spoke to Flanagan about his time in charge of the club and asked him if he had any desire to leave for pastures new. Here’s what he had to say: