Dulwich Hamlet have announced that Paul Barnes has left his position as men’s first team manager following ‘lengthy discussions about the current direction of the team’s fortunes and the longer-term projects at the club’.
The Hamlet have gone 10 games in all competitions without a win and sit 19th in the National League South, just four points above the relegation zone.
Barnes was initially appointed on an interim basis after former long-term boss Gavin Rose was relieved of his duties in September before he was handed the full-time job in October.
A statement on behalf of the DHFC board said: “Dulwich Hamlet Football Club can confirm that Paul Barnes has departed his position as the men’s first team manager following lengthy discussions about the current direction of the team’s fortunes and the longer-term projects at the club.
“Paul joined the club in September 2022 and was instrumental in stabilising the club in the National League South during a difficult transition period following the departure of the previous management team.
“We would like to thank Paul and his backroom staff for their efforts during their time with the club and will remember with admiration the turnaround in results and the unbeaten run throughout December and early January under Paul and his staff.
“We hope to revisit the original discussions with Paul about the longer-term development of the club both on and off the pitch that first attracted us to working with him and hope that all fans join us in recognising the contribution of Paul stepping up and placing those original plans on hold to address the immediate priorities of the first team finding themselves in the relegation positions.
“The process of appointing a new manager of the men’s first team is underway and we will continue to keep supporters up to date throughout the coming days.”
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