Silksworth CW have parted company with manager Scott Cameron and his assistant, the former Sunderland player Tommy Butler.
The pair took over in May last year and guided the side to a Durham Trophy victory, but ahead of tomorrow’s game against Seaham Red Star Reserves, the Colliers are second bottom with only seven points from eight games.
In a statement, chairman Phil Tye and his deputy David Steele said: “We would like to thank Scott for his efforts and fully understand his reasons for stepping down. The search begins immediately for a replacement.”
Meanwhile, team captain Michael McVay has been appointed interim manager and takes charge for the first time tomorrow.
Jay Martin and Michael Jacob, ex-Easington Colliery players, come into contention, but neither Neil Jones nor Michael Melmore are fit.
Seaham are just one place and a point better off than Silksworth although the Colliers have four games in hand on their East Durham rivals.
Red Star expect Craig Gartwaite to resume and are hopeful that John Hodgson will come through a fitness test.
Leaders Sunderland West End field their strongest side at home to Hartlepool with Brad Foster, Barry Turton and Neil Bussey back.
Hartlepool have moved into fifth place on the back of some good performances in recent weeks.
Luke Hogan, who last played for Seaton Carew, goes straight into the squad and Pools also include Ash Turnbull and Luke Larkin.
Paul Playfor is struggling with a back injury and definitely out is the suspended Lee Jones and Carl O’Sullivan, who has started university.
Stockton Town are only a point behind West End and the three-times champions will be looking to maintain their strong title challenge at home to Harton and Westoe.
The Teesiders’ only absentee is Sonny Coleman while Harton, who suffered an unexpected heavy defeat in midweek, are pleased to have Shaun Flood and Tom Golledge in their ranks.
Horden CW are in the top six and at Spennymoor Town Reserves are without long-term injury victim Luke Wilson and Mattie Smith, who is in America.
A big boost is the expected return of Ryan Brymer for his first appearance of the season. Max Stoker, Andrew Lonsdale, Nick Ling and Evann Graham all come into contention.
Murton, still pointless following 10 attempts, could again find the going tough at Prudhoe Town even though their hosts are only fourth from the bottom with eight points.
But Prudhoe’s confidence will have been boosted by the five goal drubbing they inflicted on Harton and Westoe in midweek.
Dennis Waters has completed a ban and the West Tynesiders are confident David Wansell will be declared fit.
Murton too are stronger with the inclusion of Jonathan Maxwell, Haydn Pace and Shaun Godfrey, while Jamie Parker is expected to play even though he has a broken nose.
Boldon CA travel to Wolviston and there’s a chance that Jack Lawton will recover from a hamstring injury to take his place in the centre of defence.
Adam Sharp is another injury concern, while Aaron Burn is still a couple of weeks away from making his comeback.
Wolviston miss Nick Robinson and Andrew McGirr, but Ryan Brown and Allan Hamilton are named.
Leam Rangers are uncertain whether Connor Hawkins and Dale Connor will be able to play at Whitehaven, but fortunately, Gavin Williams, Joe Adams, Chris Lawther and Nathan Baddams have returned from holiday.
Jarrow have home advantage over Richmond Town and following a 4-0 defeat on Wednesday, delay announcing their squad.
Richmond are without defenders Michael Elliott, Rory Atkinson and Mark Edzes and midfielder Darren Swankie.
Striker Mark Sims is doubtful after being stretchered off in a recent game.