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Caretaker in place after duo depart

Glossop North End have named Mark Canning as caretaker boss after joint managers Paul Phillips and Steve Halford stood down to take charge at EVO-STIK League rivals Buxton.

The former Ashton United and Stalybridge management duo resigned on Sunday night to succeed former long-serving Buxton boss Martin McIntosh following his departure from Silverlands at the start of February.

Phillips and Halford were appointed at Surrey Street in the summer of 2017 as the successors to Chris Willcock and left the Hillmen in 11th spot in EVO-STIK League North. First team coach Canning is set to take the helm for the first time on Saturday when the Hillmen host leaders South Shields.

A club spokesman told fans at lunchtime on Monday: "We are disappointed to let you know you that joint managers Paul Phillips and Steve Halford have resigned as managers of Glossop North End. The duo informed the GNE board of their intentions to take up the vacant position at Buxton FC in a phone call to chairman Dave Atkinson on Sunday evening.

"Glossop North End will be inviting applications for the management position, details of which will be posted shortly. In the meantime, club coach Mark Canning will take charge of the team for Saturday’s home game versus South Shields."

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