Eastwood Town look set to go into this weekend’s match at home to Witton Albion still without a manager in place at Coronation Park.
While it has only been a fortnight since former boss John Ramshaw left the club, heavy defeats in the last two matches and a threadbare squad suggest a new figurehead is urgently required.
And that situation was further complicated this week with joint caretaker manager Paul Riley being forced to take a step back from the club after being unable to commit the necessary time and effort the role requires.
Riley, 30, who remains registered as a player despite injury looking set to keep him out until the new year, explained to the Advertiser the club’s current predicament has been hard on the players.
“The various off-field issues have piled up and that’s obviously shown in the performances in recent games,” he said.
“The uncertainty and lack of information makes things hard and I think everyone is just hoping something gets sorted out quickly so we can move on.
“I enjoyed taking the team along with Mitch Hanson over the last couple of games but after Sunday’s match at FC United of Manchester I had to walk away as with a full-time job and a young family I can’t put the time and effort in.
“I’m still registered as a player and feel bad about not being able to help as I’m a local lad and love the club, but until things are sorted out it’s a very difficult place to be.”
It’s now believed 24-year-old club captain Hanson will take sole charge for the visit of Witton Albion on Saturday, with a young squad again set to take to the field as was the case at FC United on Sunday.
Riley added: “We had to call on a couple of people to help us out like Gary Breach, who did quite well for the hour he played on Sunday, and young keeper Rhys Watkinson.
“It’s hard for everyone but I said to the players on Sunday that if we’d played as well in the first-half as we did in the second we might have got something from the game.
“In the end we were punished by simple goals from crosses and a penalty, but there were signs that the players we’ve got at the moment can put up a fight.”