Tony Hesketh has been sacked as Lancaster City FC manager.
The popular Giant Axe boss, who returned to the club for a second time in 2009, was coming towards the end of a spell off on sick leave following a hip operation.
Chairman Mick Hoyle and player-assistant manager Michael Stringfellow had taken over the running of first team matters with the intention that Hesketh would return when fit to do so.
But the board of directors have decided that their vision for the team and Hesketh’s differ too much and have made the decision to remove him from his position.
A statement from the board said: “During the course of Tony Hesketh’s enforced absence, our squad structure and playing policy changed in a way that was not only necessary to enable us to start the season but also, the directors believed, more beneficial to the longer term future of Lancaster City FC.
“Unfortunately, this change in approach does not align to Tony’s way of thinking and despite attempts to reconcile the two positions, it has regretfully been decided that Tony will not be returning to the club as manager.
“We are most grateful to Tony for his second spell with us, during which we enjoyed some success, without quite gaining the promotion that a little more luck might have realised.
“We wish Tony all the best for the future and assure him that he will always find a warm welcome whenever he visits Giant Axe.”
Hesketh guided the club to the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off final in 2010 and oversaw the club’s President’s Cup triumph a year later.
The club did not wish to comment further on the decision.