Bootle manager Steve McNulty resigns after seven months in charge as 43-word statement issued

Bootle manager Steve McNulty vs Kidsgrove

Bootle accepted the resignation of manager Steve McNulty on Wednesday.

The former Tranmere Rovers and Luton Town defender stepped away from the Berry Street Garage Stadium dugout after just seven months. Also departing is his assistant, Carl Macauley, who he most recently spent time with at Witton Albion.

In a short statement, the club said: “Bootle Football Club have today accepted the resignation of Ste McNulty.

“We would like to thank Ste for his efforts in charge of the club and we wish him well for the future. We will make a further announcement in due course.”

He was brought to the helm at Bootle to replace non-league stalwart Brian Richardson following a disappointing start to the Northern Premier League campaign which came to a head in their shock FA Cup exit to lower league opposition, Congleton Town.

The Bucks had aspirations of reaching the playoffs but they haven’t materialised as they sit six points outside the bottom four going into the season’s closing stages.

McNulty’s final game came in their Liverpool Senior Cup exit to Runcorn Linnets as Dave Wild’s side prevailed on spot-kicks to book their place in their first final since 2013.

Since the turn of the year, they have managed just two league wins, beating promotion-chasing Workington away from home and lowly Ramsbottom United.

During his time in his first managerial role, McNulty – a centre-back during his playing days – claimed scalps on their travels against Macclesfield and the aforementioned Reds.

Life under the Bootle-born manager got off to the good start after picking up four wins from their opening six.

“I grew up in Bootle it’s my hometown club,  I come back when I can comeback, I’ve watched a few games here plenty of times,” he said at the time of his announcement.

“It is great to be here and hopefully, we can be successful together.”

Following their defeat in midweek, Off The Park understands that the 39-year-old tendered his resignation and met with club officials on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the exit strategy surrounding his role to explore further opportunities.

At the time of writing, Bootle are hoping to have a permanent replacement installed before they’re due to host struggling Colne on Saturday.

They have six games remaining this season.

[Featured image: Paul Moran]

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