Leighton Town thrust into turmoil

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Leighton Town has been thrown into chaos after Craig Bicknell was sacked as manager, and his playing staff walked out on the club.

Barely a week after being offered a second season in charge at Bell Close, the Observer understands chairman Terry McCafferty fired the former Ampthill Town boss on Friday following a situation which unfolded after the club’s Player of the Year Awards night.

McCafferty himself resigned from his post as chairman last Thursday at the club’s end of season open meeting, leaving Town to search for a new leading man, but not before he parted company with Bicknell on Friday night.

Last season, Leighton enjoyed their best season for three years.

Despite finishing 18th in Evo Stik Division 1 Central, Town were well clear of the battle for relegation, and finished strongly, picking up a handful of surprising results against some of the league’s big hitters.

Following the news of Bicknell’s dismissal, the manager’s playing staff and his coaches have turned their backs on Bell Close, leaving Town scrambling to have anything in place before the start of the season.

Town were already reeling at the loss of top scorer Danny Watson and winger Phil Draycott, with both joining title contenders St Ives next season.

Leighton Town are yet to officially confirm sacking, but Bicknell said while he was ‘absolutely gutted’ to leave in such circumstances, would comment no further until an official statement from the club was released.

At the time of going to print, neither Terry McCafferty nor vice-chairman Iain McGregor were available for comment.