In a week where Macclesfield extended their lead at the top of the National League table, we look at three stories in the National League you may have missed.
Bignot leaves Chester
After relegation to the National League North was confirmed, Chester have parted ways with manager Marcus Bignot.
The former Solihull Moors and Grimsby Town manager was brought to the club in September, taking the helm from former manager Jon McCarthy but he failed to retain the Blues’ National League status.
After a 2-0 defeat to Torquay United, the Chester board made the decision not to renew his contract at the end of the season. However, the 43-year-old has left the club with 3 games to play.
Youth Team manager Calum McIntyre has been put in temporary charge at the Swansay Chester Stadium in the time being.
National League give out Monthly awards
This week Macclesfield Town’s very own Chrissie Thompson was awarded the National League ‘Volunteer of the Month’ award. However, the player and manager of the month awards were also given out.
Hartlepool United manager Matthew Bates was given the award for March, as he helped his Pools team pick up 11 points from a possible 18 and steer the club away from the relegation scrap.
Mitch Walker picked up the player of the month award. The Dover Athletic goalkeeper kept four clean-sheets in a row in March and he takes Elliott Durrell’s crown.
Gateshead up for sale
Gateshead owners Richard and Julie Bennett have announced their intentions to sell the club. The club, now managed by former Silkmen assistant Steve Watson, just missed out on a place at Wembley when they were beaten over two legs by Bromley in the FA Trophy semi-final.
In a statement Richard Bennett said; “Following long and careful consideration, both Julie and I have decided to seek new owners for Gateshead Football Club.
“It has been a heart-wrenching decision but having invested considerable time and money during the past three years, we feel that we have taken the club as far as we possibly can.
“We are leaving the club debt free and in a healthy position, which presents a fantastic opportunity for potential new owners or a consortium who share the same aspirations of securing a return to the Football League.
“It is our intention to seek new owners as soon as possible to ensure the club is in a position to sustain and compete at the highest level possible for next season.”
By Andrew Gate