FOR the second time this season, Knutsford Football Club are looking for a new manager.
Club chairman Jimmy Evans has confirmed that Nathan Steele has resigned after just over four months in charge following another defeat.
It follows a 7-2 home defeat to Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds at the weekend, which was their 20th defeat in 26 league games so far this season.
Steele became the second manager to leave Knutsford this season following the resignation of Nick Eaton in September, whose last game – coincidentally – was also a loss to Greenalls.
Steele, who has previously managed the likes of Styal, Mersey Valley and Old Stretfordians, has won just two of his 15 league games in charge.
He leaves the club 17th in the Cheshire Football League Premier League and just one point behind bottom club Daten FC, who are six games behind.
What would prove to be his last game did not start well as Knutsford fell behind after just two minutes following poor defending.
They equalized the game 10 minutes later after a Clevon Beadle cross was headed past Shackleel Depeiaza into the path of Markell Bennett, who turned and smashed the ball from inside the penalty area.
However, they fell behind again two minutes later after the visitors broke through the defense and made it 2-1.
Five minutes before half-time, another defensive error – this time from a corner – led to Greenalls third.
In the second half, the floodgates did indeed open with two goals in the space of five minutes.
A through ball sliced through the defense, leading to a straightforward finish for 4-1 in 55 minutes and the game was well and truly put out of reach for the home side with a fifth on one out.
Knutsford managed to grab what ultimately turned out to be a consolation goal when substitutes Dwayne Greenwood and Elvis Omorogbe combined in the 67th minute, and the latter chipped the goalkeeper to reduce the deficit.
But a 76th-minute deflected free-kick that trumped goalkeeper Thomas Evans ended any hopes they might have had.
The score was completed when a quick one-two led to Greenall’s seventh goal of the afternoon to add to Knutsford’s misery.
The Reds’ next game will see them travel to the Winstanley Warriors on Saturday.