Finances forced me out of Doncaster - Staniforth

By Tony LeightonWomen's football reporter
Gordon Staniforth
Staniforth replaced John Buckley last November

Doncaster Belles manager Gordon Staniforth has quit the club just four days after his team narrowly missed out on Women's Super League promotion.

Budgetary concerns led the former professional footballer to walk out on the Belles after one year in charge.

"We've worked on a tight budget this season," said Staniforth, "but now I've been told that the budget will be cut for next year.

"What's more the budget would have been the same even if we'd gone up to WSL1."

He added: "In my opinion that's simply not good enough. It's certainly not big enough to build a promotion campaign on, and I feel that the club's ambitions don't match my own."

Family Business
Staniforth's daughter Lucy plays for current champions Liverpool

In what was his first season of management in the women's game Staniforth led the Belles to within two points of promotion.

He hopes that another management opportunity will arise in the WSL but insisted: "I am not touting for jobs.

"But I'm still passionate about women's football and will continue coaching 11 to 17-year-old girls as part of my Centre of Excellence duties at York College."

A Belles spokesperson was not available for comment, but in a statement on the official website the club said: "We wish to thank Gordon for all his hard work, inspiration and leadership on the field and wish him every success in the next stage of his career.

"Julie Chipchase, director of football, former player and manager of the Doncaster Belles, will be leading the search for the new head coach."

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