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Gainsborough part company with ex-Premier League player turned manager

Gainsborough Trinity part company with ex-Premier League player turned manager Curtis Woodhouse now that their level’s season is cancelled.

It comes following the curtailment ahead of what is almost certainly a second consecutive null and void season.

Curtis and his backroom staff have tried to improve the fortunes of the Northern Premier League Premier Division club after taking over from Liam King and Ross Hannah, midway through the 2019/20 campaign.

The side went from being in the drop zone to producing a fine run of results and taking the side to within touching distance of the play-offs.

For the 2020/21 season, they ended it in 10th place and just three points from the playoffs, taking 12 points from eight games played.

STATEMENT: Gainsborough part company with manager

An overhaul of the playing squad, and a reduction in budget didn’t dampen Woodhouse’s spirit. Faced with a global pandemic, to add to the mix, the Drifield destroyer pulled together a competitive side that delivered some fine performances to remember. With further financial constraints placed on the club and uncertainty surrounding the future, discussions were opened between Chairman, Richard Kane and Curtis Woodhouse, surrounding the available budget and expectations.

A reduced playing budget, aligned with maintained objectives. In light of the announcement, Richard Kane added some context to the situation: “Personally, my business has been hit financially, due to the coronavirus outbreak, like so many other businesses. There simply put, is just not a bottomless pit of money that I can put into the club. As well as the first team, we are also still establishing firm foundations within the community, at youth levels.”

“As a Board of Directors, we are committed to the long term sustainability of the football club and as such are grateful that Curtis was able to see the hurdles we need to overcome to sustain football in Gainsborough and support that, even though our aspirations in the short term don’t quite marry up.”

“I have every faith that Curtis will go on to have a successful career in management beyond life at Gainsborough. He is a highly motivated individual, a passionate man, who when he sets his sights on something will relentlessly strive to achieve it. He goes with our best wishes, as he continues his onward journey. One thing’s for certain, there won’t be many other managers that are recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honours list, whilst in charge of the Holy Blues.”

As he bid a fond farewell to Gainsborough, the BEM recipient released these final words: “I’d like to thank Gainsborough Trinity for my time at the club as manager, it’s a time I’ll look back on with fond memories. Unfortunately with the chaos surrounding Covid 19 and the effects it’s had on football, it’s cut short my time with the club. I’d like to especially thank Richard for the full support he gave me throughout my time and Matt for being available 24/7 to get things over the line, sometimes at very short notice!”

“Lastly I’d like to thank the fans who have been brilliant towards myself and really bought into what the team was doing, we made them believe again and got an atmosphere back in the northolme. I’m disappointed I couldn’t stay to finish the job of getting the club promoted but sometimes circumstances get in the way. It’s now the time for me to pursue other managerial opportunities and continue with my journey up the footballing pyramid but I leave wishing everybody involved with the football club nothing but the best.”


1997–2001 – Sheffield United – 104 games (6 goals)
2001–2003 – Birmingham City – 48 games (2 goals)
2003 → Rotherham United (loan) – 11 games (0 goals)
2003–2005 – Peterborough United – 61 games (11 goals)
2005–2006 – Hull City – 18 games (0 goal)
2006 – Grimsby Town – 16 games (1 goal)
2006–2007 – Rushden & Diamonds – 5 games (1 goal)
2007–2009 – Rushden & Diamonds – 60 games (5 goals)
2009 – Mansfield Town – 12 games (0)
2009–2010 – Harrogate Town
2010–2011 – Sheffield – 12 games (0 goals)
2011–2012 – Eastwood Town
2012 – Sheffield

Fans reacted as Gainsborough Trinity part company with ex-Premier League player turned manager Curtis Woodhouse…

@joshbaker_98: I heard @nathanjarman8 is dying for this. #BringJarmoHome

@Dudsey_: @curtiswoodhous8 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🤷🏻‍♂️ #yowzers

@DatGuyJayCee: I’m looking for a job……

@DaleStorey2: An eventful era at @GainsTrinityFC comes to an end, some memorable performances and results, the long unbeaten run and the team with the possiblity of the play offs shows curtis did an excellent job. Good luck for the future @curtiswoodhous8

@davidturton: Sad to hear this, top man Curtis. Hope to see big things in the future

@ParkiTom: Good luck @curtiswoodhous8 in the future always welcome back

@Yorkowl72: surprise surprise 😂😂😂😂😂

@longy03: All the best Curtis. Had it not been for bloody Covid good things would have happened at Trinity. I’ll follow your career still I’m sure you’ll go all the way

@jimbobbblade81: Wow. Terrible. Gutted. Hope you ok curtis

@razor476: All the best going forward pal, I’m sure you’ll be back on the sideline soon!

@GaryAllen1953: Absolutely gutted

@SteveOnTrent: Good luck Curtis, shame you didn’t get a chance to show what you can really do.

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