Shock for Reds as boss duo quit

Iain  Swan
Iain Swan
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Garstang FC received a double shock at the weekend when both manager Iain Swan and his assistant Dave Porter resigned.

Firstly, after the game against Charnock Richard on Saturday Porter announced that he was to step down from the post of assistant manager.

And then, in a totally unrelated decision, manager Iain Swan on Sunday told club chairman Adrian Wilding that he was leaving too.

Swan, known by his team and colleagues as “Swany”, has accepted an invitation to become assistant manager to former Garstang FC boss Mike Stringfellow at Kendal Town.

Swan had been in charge at the Riverside for almost three years.

Chairman Wilding said that Swan had told him he could not resist the opportunity to work at a higher footballing level.

Kendal play in Division One North of the Northern Premier League, three stages higher in the football pyramid than the West Lancs Premier League, which is what Garstang compete in.

Chairman Wilding said: “The club would like to thank ‘Swany’ for all his good work.

“We can only wish him all the best in his new role and respect his reasons for leaving.

“We will be giving serious consideration as to who will be our next manager in the next few days and are happy to receive applications”

Speaking about Dave Porter, the chairman added: “Dave will always be about the club, but has decided to pull away from the weekly commitment.

“Again we thank Dave for how he has contributed to the club – I am sure that he will continue to do so.”