Scarborough Athletic manager has admitted his disappointment after losing his “two generals” Darren France and John Reed this week.
France, who had been with Athletic since the club was formed in 2007, and highly accomplished coach Reed, have walked away from the club for ‘footballing reasons’.
Boro’s Romanian chief Funk said: “I’m disappointed to be losing my two generals in John Reed and Darren France.
“Getting over the loss of Darren will be the biggest hurdle I’ve had to get over since I came to the club.
“As long as I am manager of Scarborough Athletic, nobody will ever fill the shoes of Darren France. He has been like a brother to me.
“He phoned me and said he wanted to spend more time with his young family and that he can’t travel up and down the country any more.
“I have the utmost respect for Darren’s reasons for leaving and our friendship will continue, hopefully for the rest of our lives.
“I miss him something chronic already and he will always be welcome at the club.
“I will just have to deal with this in my own way and ensure we continue to perform on the pitch.”
Former Harrogate Town and Stalybridge Celtic boss Reed announced his intentions to leave the club after their Doodson Sports Trophy victory at Ossett on Tuesday night. Funk said: “John approached me after the Ossett game and said, ‘Boss I’m done’. I thought he meant for the night, but he said he wanted to move on.
“It came as a huge surprise but we didn’t go into too many details and I wished him all the best.
“As manager of Scarborough Athletic Football Club I have to focus on moving the club forward. If anyone wants to leave, I won’t stand in their way. “I can’t thank John enough. He was great to work with and we’ll remain great friends going forward.”
Funk is now keen to focus all of his attention on Boro’s crunch FA Trophy clash at Telford on Saturday before looking to potential replacements for France and Reed.
Funk added: “We have a very hectic schedule going forward and I really want to focus on Saturday’s massive game at Telford.
“Maybe after a few weeks we’ll see. No doubt there’ll be some great candidates wanting to come to the club.”
Funk urged the Boro fans to stick by the players heading into a busy period on the pitch.
“I would urge every Scarborough Athletic fan to stick by us,” added the Romanian.
“Stick with the side and stick with the lads.”