RADCLIFFE FC have parted company with manager Joe Gibbons.

Chairman Paul Hilton said in a statement that Gibbons had left the club by mutual consent.

The decision followed a 4-0 defeat at home to Prescot Cables last night which left Boro third bottom in Evo-Stik North.

Hilton's statement read: "It has been a very difficult start to the season on the pitch, after what had been a very positive summer off the field.

"We have worked tirelessly to redevelop the club and unfortunately performances this season have not matched the expectations of all concerned.

"Joe is a genuinely great guy and we wish him all the best for the future."

The said a further announcement would be made in due course.

Gibbons replaced former boss Bill Prendergast in February after stepping up from his previous role as assistant manager.

He guided them away from the relegation zone but after overhauling the squad in the summer, results have not followed.

Radcliffe FC lost their opening six league matches and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the first qualifying round.

They finally earned three points in a 3-2 victory over Tadcaster Albion on Saturday but that just proved to be a stay of execution for Gibbons.