BREAKING NEWS: Lyttle leaves Hucknall Town

Des Lyttle at Hucknall Town FC
Des Lyttle at Hucknall Town FC

HIGH-profile manager Des Lyttle (pictured) has dropped a bombshell by resigning from Hucknall Town.

Former Nottingham Forest defender Lyttle (40) was appointed Yellows boss only seven months ago, after the defection of Tommy Brookbanks.

Under him, Town finished the season in a mid-table slot of 11th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Division One South.

Originally, he vowed to stay on at the cash-strapped club to help see them through next season.

But he announced his decision to step down on Tuesday afternoon after talks with Town’s chief executive Liz Morley.

Lyttle’s resignation revolves around fears that he might not be able to build a suitable squad for the 2012/13 season with a reduced budget for players’ wages.

The budget was cut by about 40% from £1,700 to £1,000 per week because of Town’s continuing financial problems. They have still to complete the paying-off a VAT debt of almost £90,000, while revenue has dropped, partly because of falling attendances.

The cost-cutting means Town can no longer afford players from the upper ecehlons of non-league football. Instead they must scratch around for local bargains in domestic Nottinghamshire non-league football.

But Lyttle lives near Wolverhampton, and most of his previous signings have stemmed from his contacts in the West Midlands or at professional clubs.

A Town statement read: “We have parted company on amicable terms. Des recognises the need to recruit a manager with a strong knowledge of the local football scene.

“We feel this is a very important element within the current set-up and will be an essential factor in deciding on a new appointment. We would like to wish Des all the best for the future.”

Lyttle made 185 appearances for Forest between 1993 and 199. He was orginally brought in to Watnall Road as one element of a ‘dream team’ triumvirate that also included local businessman Steve Greaves and ex-pro player Michael Johnson.

However, within three months, Greaves had been controversially ousted amid rows about his financial clout and the way the club was run, while Johnson soon followed. Lyttle remained but failed to steer Town into the promotion play-offs, winning only ten of his 31 league games in charge.