Dale Belford has stepped down from his role as Hinckley AFC club manager after 12 games in
charge, citing 'personal reasons' for the end of his tenure.
Dale brought the club back onto track after Carl Abbot left in September 2017, winning 8 of
those 12 games, only losing 2 league matches. Assistant Richard Lavery and coach Tom Cherry
will take interim charge of the club whilst it begins the new search for a first team manager.
In a statement Dale said: "First and foremost Iíd like to thank everybody at the club for how
supportive they were when I took over. It was great to see so many familiar and friendly faces.
The one thing I knew, coming into the club, was how passionate the support was and for that Iím
grateful. Although I was only at Hinckley for a short period of time, I thoroughly enjoyed it
and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to manage a club which is close to my heart.
However, certain things have happened which meant it was the right time for me to move on. Thatís
football, these things happen. It was a difficult job to take at the time because a lot of players
had left in a short period of time, but that happens in football and we got on with it. Iíd like
to think that people enjoyed the football we played and the results we achieved. Iím certainly
very proud of the run we went on. The commitment shown by everybody in the dressing room was
unbelievable and Iím immensely proud of the attitude the players showed. That includes my staff,
the likes of Gunny, Geordie and Sam, and of course Lavs and Tom. They played a massive part and
without them we couldnít have gone on the run we did. The game against Leicester Road really
galvanised us and kicked us on. The two games in the Vase were incredible and the reaction
of the fans after both of those wins was amazing. Without the fans, a club like Hinckley couldnít
exist and I hope that everybody sticks together so that it can move forward to where we want to be.
The club and the people involved deserve a higher level of football."