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Hopkins and Kirkwood to stand down from Matlock Town.


Hopkins and Kirkwood to stand down from Matlock Town.

Matlock Town and their joint management duo of Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins agreed to part company by mutual consent on Sunday after their side's latest reverse in the EVO-STIK League's top flight.

Appointed in May 2016 as the successors to Mark Hume, the former Mickleover Sports managers stood down following talks with club officials in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Rushall Olympic, a result that left the Gladiators third from bottom in the EVO-STIK League's Premier Division table.

The Chester­field-based duo were crowd favourites as players at the DCJ Group Insurance Arena more than a decade ago before taking their first steps into management at the helm of Matlock's reserves. Before the appointment of Mark Atkins during the 2008-09 season, they also enjoyed a short spell as caretaker bosses at Causeway Lane.

In a joint statement released by the Gladiators confirming their departure, the pair agreed it was the right course of action before thanking the Derbyshire club's fans, volunteers, officials and players for all their support over the years.

Matlock Town chairman Tom Wright said: “I would like to thank both Glen and Craig for their time at Matlock Town Football Club as joint managers. Last season they succeeded in taking us to the late stages of several cup compe­titions, including the final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup, and we finished a very respectable ninth in the table, giving our supporters one of the best seasons in recent years".


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