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Adie Britton stands down as manager in Bath City reshuffle

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

Bath City manager Adie Britton

Adie Britton will become Bath City's director of football development

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Adie Britton has stood down as Bath City manager in the wake of Tuesday night’s FA Cup defeat at Gosport.

He will become the club’s director of football development, with former assistant Lee Howells taking charge of the first team.

Long-serving club captain Jim Rollo is to assist Howells at training sessions but will carry on playing.

Calls for a change in the coaching staff grew louder after a midweek defeat that saw Bath miss out on £7,500 of FA Cup prize money.

After relegation last season Bath are just a point above the Blue Square Bet South drop zone having taken one point from their last 15.

Bath said in a statement: “We do not make knee-jerk decisions and are mindful of two things, the overriding need to stick to the long-term plan we set out this summer, coupled with the need for change to revitalise this season.”

It added: “The contribution Adrian has made to the club so far is immense, and will continue to be so. It is to his huge credit that he recognised that a change needed to happen for the good of the club and he offered to relinquish the first team day-to-day coaching. The board is delighted he will stay on in another role.”

Six-goal striker Kurtis Guthrie announced his departure from the club via Twitter yesterday and looks unlikely to be the last to leave Mayday Trust Park following City’s FA Cup failure.

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