LONG-SERVING assistant manager Matthew Cavanagh has left Barnoldswick Town.

Cavanagh had spent a 10 years at the club both as a player, and a member of staff assisting current boss Endrit Shehu and former manager Matt Barnes.

The North West Counties Premier Division club issued this statement thanking Cavanagh for his work and wishing him well for the future.

It read: "It is with regret that we announce that Matthew Cavanagh has made the decision to step down as Assistant Manager and step away from the club.

"Cav has given 10 years to the club and he will be sadly missed.

"We would like to thank him so much for his dedication and hard work and we hope he won't be a stranger.

"We wish you every success & all the very best for the future Cav.

"He said: "After 10 amazing years at Barnoldswick Town, I’ve unfortunately decided to step down from my role.

"It’s been great playing for the club and assisting the two managers over the last 2 seasons.

"I would just like to thank all the managers that I have played under and the two management teams that welcomed me with open arms.

"I have thoroughly loved every minute and learnt so much throughout my time with the club.

"A big thank you to all the players I have worked with. A group of talented players who have made the role a pleasure over the last two years

"A special mention must go to the fans that travel home and away through the good and the bad. It is essential that this carries on and you support Endrit and the lads.

"Once again, thank you and I shall be down as a supporter at some point during the season."

Shehu also expressed his thanks to his now former number two.

Supporters were keen to wish Cavanagh well.