Western League title hopefuls Saltash United have been rocked by the resignation of joint first team manager Shane Krac.
Former Truro City, Tiverton Town and Plymouth Parkway midfielder Krac leaves Kimberley after less than six months in charge.
He was handed the Saltash reins alongside Danny Lewis in May after former boss Dane Bunney’s acrimonious departure.
The now Bodmin Town manager claimed he was sacked from his position while Ashes chairperson Julie Morley countered these claims and insisted he resigned.
It was a tumultuous start to Morley’s tenure after she replaced previous incumbent Dave Bishop in March. Under Bunney, Saltash finished 2021-22 fourth in the Western Premier Division, the club’s first season back at that level since 1995.
Any fallout from Bunney’s unexpected Saltash exit seemed to abate with the appointment of Krac alongside Lewis, who was promoted from a player-coach role.
However, with the 22-23 campaign only just passing its mid-way point and Saltash topping the table, they have been rocked with Krac choosing to walk away.
Cornwall Sports Media sources revealed on Tuesday morning that after a club committee meeting on Monday evening, Krac had left his post. It is understood that Krac’s reasons for leaving centered on the club’s playing budget and plans should they win promotion to the Southern League.
And now the news of Krac’s departure has been confirmed by the club in a statement which read:
“On Monday, December 11, the club held a meeting between committee members and the first team management.
“The purpose of these discussions was to initiate a coherent plan of first team football operations at the club both on and off the field, in the event that the first team should be promoted to the Southern League at Step Four for the 2023-24 season, given the exciting position we find ourselves in.
“These were early stage discussions and we anticipate that more meetings will follow.
“As a result of this meeting, joint first-team manager Shane Krac decided to resign from his role with immediate effect. The club have accepted his resignation.
“The club would like to put on record our thanks to Shane for his hard work and dedication to the club over the past six months and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Although the statement gives no update on the future of Lewis, a club spokesperson told CSM he is set to remain in post and lead the Ashes in their mouth-watering clash against second placed Bridgwater United at Kimberley on Saturday.
It is also understood that striker Adam Carter is mulling over an offer from the club to assist Lewis with the coaching of the side.
Meanwhile, Ashes chief Morley politely declined CSM’s request for comment on the club’s second managerial change of her short time in charge of Saltash to date.
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