BREAKING NEWS: Hucknall Town managers resign

Tommy Brookbanks (right) and Gary Stones
Tommy Brookbanks (right) and Gary Stones

HUCKNALL Town Football Club have been rocked by the sensational resignation of manager Tommy Brookbanks.

Brookbanks (45) quit on Tuesday night while on holiday in Lanzarote, Spain. His faithful assistant, Gary Stones, has also walked out.

Mystery surrounds the exact details behind their decision. But it is believed to revolve around another bust-up concerning the club’s precarious financial position.

The Yellows were thrown into crisis at the end of last season when it was disclosed that they owed more than £80,000 in VAT because of extraordinary mismanagement.

The team were also relegated from the Evo-Stik Notrthern Premier League’s Premier Division at the end of Brookbanks’s first term in charge.

After a public appeal for money to invest in a new shares scheme, Town managed to raise more than £50,000 and agreed a deal with HM Revenue And Customs to pay off their debt over a certain period.

But as a result, they were forced to switch to amateur status, which meant that the management team and players could not be paid until new investment was found.

The dispute that has led to the resignations is understood to concern that investment.

Behind-the-scenes moves have been made to install new owners and new investors. But Brookbanks and Stones are believed to be upset by a refusal to guarantee a playing budget within those negotiations.

Town have now been thrown into more turmoil. Players and supporters are said to be furious. Some claim Brookbanks and Stones have been forced out. Others believe The Yellows might even struggle to field a team for this weekend’s league match against Brookbanks’s former club, Carlton Town.

A brief statement on the Hucknall Town website reads: “Hucknall Yown FC have today accepted the resignation of Tommy Brookbanks and his assistant Gary Stones. We wish both Tom and Gary all the success in their future roles and thank them for all their hard work.”