Austin Carney sad to see Lee Collings leave Durham

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FOLLOWING weeks of speculation, Durham City and Lee Collings have finally parted company, writes Malcolm Pratt.

It has been an open secret that Collings, pictured, and joint manager Dickie Ord had a disagreement and that Collings had not taken charge of the team in any game this season.

Chairman Austin Carney said: “It is with sincere regret that Lee has left.

“He has been tremendous for the club, especially in our hour of need when he stuck by us.

“His integrity, commitment and loyalty is without question and personally I am very sad at the situation but the time had come when we had to make a decision.”

Former Sunderland defender Ord is now in sole charge of teams affairs with a brief to continue to develop an improving young squad.

“We feel as a club that we are moving forward. We’ve won the last two games without conceding a goal and are now just one point off the play-off places in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

“We need to put the last few weeks behind us and concentrate on the future, which I believe to be bright,” added Carney.

Two wins and two clean sheets and all of a sudden things are buzzing at New Ferens Park.

Manager Dickie Ord couldn’t hide his satisfaction both at Durham City’s 1-0 win and their performance against Farsley on Tuesday.

He said: “It was a fantastic performance and to nick the only goal right at the death was great.

“All of a sudden, the lads are on a high and we all think we can put together a decent run”.

Tomorrow, City host Skelmersdale United looking for a third consecutive victory in the Evo-stik League Division One North.

Ord is waiting on the fitness of David Dowson, who has struggled late on in the last two matches, while definitely out are the suspended Gary Brown and Stephen Thompson, who had a operation on his cartilage earlier in the week.