STOURBRIDGE FC have announced that manager Mark Yates and his management staff have left the club.

The former Cheltenham Town boss has been in charge of the Glassboys since the beginning of the first national lockdown.

Yates, along with his backroom team of Neil Howarth and Gavin Hurren, will be leaving the club by mutual consent with immediate effect, the club confirmed.

Chairman Andy Pountney commented: "The board of directors would like to thank Mark and his team for all their hard work and efforts since taking charge in February 2020, particularly during these covid-19 affected times.

"We sincerely wish Mark, Neil and Gavin all the very best for the future."

It is hardly a surprising announcement given the start to the 2021/22 campaign the Glassboys have made.

They sit a place above the relegation zone and have won just one of their 12 league games in the Southern League Premier Central.