SCARBOROUGH Athletic and manager Paul Olsson have parted company.
Olsson has left the club by mutual consent after a relatively short period in charge of the NCEL Premier side and leaves with immediate effect.
The timing of Olsson’s departure will surprise many fans following the teams 3-2 win at Tadcaster on Tuesday evening, and with the highly-anticipated derby clash at Mitch Cook’s Pickering side on Saturday.
It was felt that a good performance and three points from Saturday’s derby encounter would see Olsson keep his post, but the search will now begin for Athletic’s third manager since Brian France was appointed the first manager in the club’s short history in 2007.
Club chairman David Holland released a statement last night confirming the decision made by both parties for Olsson to leave the club.
The statement read: “The Board of Scarborough Athletic wishes to announce that it has parted company with its manager Paul Olsson by mutual consent.
“Paul, who took over from Brian France earlier this season leaves the club with immediate effect.
“It was felt that while results are likely to yield a creditable top-half finish to the season, the club aspires to even greater success and to step further up the football pyramid in the coming seasons.
“Every director is unanimous in their appreciation of Paul’s efforts, and we sincerely hope that our fans will recall his time with us on a positive note having just completed the double over our near neighbours and high flyers Tadcaster Albion.
“We must now work hard to identify a new manager who is able to build on the good work of Paul and who will be able to take the club onwards and upwards.
“The club will issue a statement shortly informing you of the progress we have made, and the measures we will take to reinforce our plans for the future in time for the away fixture against Pickering Town on Saturday.”
Boro currently lie in ninth spot in the NCEL Premier, just one point clear of Saturday’s opponents Pickering.