BOLDON CA boss Jason Jones has resigned from his post – after hearing that the club had already approached a new manager.
Jones, who has been in charge of the Wearside League club for two years, signed of with a battling draw against champions Stockton Town on Saturday.
However, he resigned in the aftermath of the game, though he hopes to have a new job lined up by the start of next season.
Jones said: “A few dirty tricks have taken place behind the scenes and a new management team had been approached a few months ago while I was still in charge.
“I had no choice but to step down.
“I’ve enjoyed my time in charge but I will now move on to bigger and better things.
“I am stopping in management, I just can’t say yet where I will be going.
“I’ve learned loads at Boldon. It’s been a hard struggle at times but I’ve enjoyed my time there.
“I want to thank all my players and my staff as well, especially Shaun Carroll for being a great captain this season.”
Boldon chairman Kevin Oliver admitted they had someone set to replace Jones, but offered his thanks to the outgoing manager.
“We have someone lined up but we’re going to wait a few days before we announce anything,” he said.
“The committee at Boldon would like to thank Jason for his efforts over the last two years.
“He signed on more than 60 players this season but hasn’t been able to get the same side out at all. That’s not a criticism of Jason, it’s just the way he was let down by some players.”
Boldon came close to inflicting a first defeat of the season on Stockton, who had won 33 and drawn one of their previous 34 games.
The South Tynesiders led through Liam Wooton and Carl Evans and the biggest shock of the season was on the cards until Adam Nicholson bagged a brace of goals in the last 18 minutes to claim a 2-2 draw.
Jarrow have finished as the borough’s top side in the league – a remarkable achievement given where they were when Peter Kirkham took over in October.
They were involved in an eventful game with Sunderland West End, just edging a 3-2 win thanks to a late goal from Stephen Graham.
Barry Turton was an early marksman for the Wearsiders who then had goalkeeper Neil Bussey sent off for handling outside the penalty area.
Jarrow went 2-1 up courtesy of Darren Morton and Paul Burrell and West End were then reduced to nine players as Brad Foster was red-carded.
With five minutes remaining it looked as if Daley Clark’s strike would salvage a point for West End but there was still time for Jarrow to claim all three points thanks to Graham.