Released Tuesday 7th October 2008

Rocester Football Club’s Board of Directors would like to issue the following statement:

Steve Swanwick (left) has agreed to step down from his position as first team manager with immediate effect.

The Board would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Steve for all the hard work and time that he has put into the job over the past eight months, and indeed the eighteen months prior to that when he successfully managed the reserve side.

Steve took over the first team in February at a very difficult time for the club, and he played a huge part in our Staffordshire Senior Cup success back in April when his preparation and meticulous planning resulted in a magnificent performance at Vale Park against Kidsgrove Athletic.

“We owe Steve a huge debt for everything that he has done for the club,” Said chairman David Price.

“He came in and did a brilliant job holding everything together when things could have gone badly wrong, but performances and results haven’t gone as well as we’d hoped this season and the Board felt a change of direction was needed.”

“We have offered Steve a place on the Board, we believe he has a lot to offer and would be a valuable asset to the backroom staff at the club. He’s now going to take some time out to consider his options before giving us an answer.”

We are very pleased to announce that our former manager Alan Beaman has agreed to take control of first team affairs at least for the time being.

There are no firm arrangements or time limits in place at the moment, but Alan will be taking Tuesday night’s training session at Hillsfield and will have Richard Owen working with him.

A former Rocester player, Alan previously managed the club with great success between 1984 and 1992.

Under his guidance Rocester won two Staffordshire Senior League titles, the West Midlands League Division One championship and League Cup, and were twice winners of the Staffordshire F.A. Vase.

“Alan’s possible return has already caused quite a stir around the club,” said David Price.

“He is held in such high regard here, it’s a real coup for us to get him involved again and we're absolutely delighted that he has decided to help us out.”