Horden eye new boss for relegation battle

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IN a shock move, Horden CW and Brian Honour have parted company, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

On Tuesday, Honour said he was looking forward to the next two games which he described as “massive” as the Colliers bid to move clear of the relegation positions in the STL Northern League Second Division.

But last night secretary John Stubbs confirmed that Honour and Ian McGuckin were no longer part of the management team.

In a statement, Stubbs said: “It’s been a great pleasure to work with the pair during the last 18 months.

“Their professionalism, passion, dedication, in-depth knowledge and respect they hold within football circles is acknowledged.

“To be fair, it’s been a challenge, sometimes a frustrating venture, at Horden CW because the club has been unable to provide a playing budget.

“Brian and Ian worked within the constraints, introducing several excellent youngsters to the STL Northern League and winning many admirers for their efforts.

“I think by far their greatest achievement came when Jack Honour won the Northern League Young Player of the Year Award after making his debut when only 16.”

Former Doncaster, Gateshead and Northern League goalkeeper Bobby Orton will take charge of the side at home to Chester-le-Street, on Saturday.

Honour, who played more than 300 games for Hartlepool, could not be contacted last night.