Oakham United's joint managers Stewart Lambie and Michael Nelson resign from their roles with the Peterborough League Premier Division club
Oakham United's joint management team of Stewart Lambie and Michael Nelson have both stepped down from the helm of the Peterborough League Premier Division club.
The duo made the decision after Saturday's 3-1 away defeat at reigning champions Moulton Harrox which leaves Oakham in eighth place.
They will both remain with the Lands' End Meadow side but feel a change of management is needed to help the Rutland club achieve their aim of returning to the United Counties League.
Lambie said: "We feel to get the club back to where it should be, with the facilities it has, that we need a fresh face who can attract new players to the club.
"We are both staying on at the club. Nelly will play when fit and still be on committee and I will be on committee and help the club in anyway I can.
"There is a good core of players at the club with some great youth players coming through but it just needs a few new additions to add to it.
"The club is in a good place off the pitch. It's a great opportunity for someone with experience and the appetite to take a club forward and return it to the United Counties League."
Anyone interested in the first team management position should contact the club in confidence for more information by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is October 27.
Lambie – who will stay in charge until a new manager is appointed – felt Saturday’s display was one of Oakham’s strongest of the season despite the 3-1 reversal at Broad Lane.
They had led through Alex Brockbank’s 20th minute opener before Harrox levelled ahead of half-time.
An even second period then swung Harrox’s way late on as they scored twice in the final 20 minutes despite having Louis Steadman sent off for kicking out at an Oakham player.
Lambie added: “It was probably one of our best performances of the season. The main difference was the work-rate we put in after the Holbeach game.
“We matched them all over the park in the first half and then started the second half well but just fizzled out.
“We didn’t deserve to lose the game 3-1. I couldn’t fault any of the effort the lads put in.”
Brockbank blasted Oakham into the lead with a fine finish into the bottom corner of the Moulton net after a corner had been cleared to the edge of the box.
Oakham then dealt well with any pressure until 10 minutes before half-time when Declan Earth got to the byline and cut back in before firing a shot into the top corner.
An end-to-end second half saw both sides create half-chances before Billy King bundled the ball past stand-in keeper Lambie – who was replacing the suspended Connor Barker – to put Moulton in front.
Despite the sending off of Steadman, the hosts added a third late on when Earth raced onto a ball over the top before slotting home.
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