AFC Blackpool boss Martin Baird has announced that he is stepping down as First Team Manager. The announcement comes as AFC Blackpool are in the midst of challenging for the Division One North title following an excellent start to the season, however Baird has stated that his increasing day job commitments mean that he is needing to step down, however he is leaving a strong footing for the next appointment which is expected shortly.
A statement on the clubs website released overnight reads: "Martin informed the club on Saturday evening of his decision that due to increased work commitments with his own business, he was struggling to give the role his full attention it needed. Martin’s 13 year stint with the club started as a young player and he’s grown and matured during his time at the club to lead progress on and off the pitch. During his time on the pitch he’s won promotion and set high standards amongst his peers on the pitch.
Off the pitch Martin has pushed the club forward with new sponsors, equipment and facilities. On it he’s created a team which is now pushing towards a top 5 finish and in the race for promotion, playing some superb attacking football which has seen attendances increase and spirits around the club at an all-time high.
Bairdy leaves the club with a legacy and future plans in place that the club will reap the rewards of in years to come. For that we are very grateful. We thank Martin for all his hard work and dedication over the years and look forward to seeing his business flourish.
Plans are already in place to appoint a new manager, with an announcement hopefully due in the next couple of days".