Football: Barton Town and Winterton Rangers left with holes to fill after two high profile departures
After years of success, both Winterton Rangers and Barton Town find themselves having to start afresh this summer.
The two clubs have been hit by the loss of key figures at a time when they would be looking to progress in the NCEL Premier Division.
Paul Friskney has quit as chairman of Barton, while Rangers have been left searching for a new boss following the departure of Richard Sennett.
There have been rumours suggesting Friskney left Town to take on the managerial role at West Street, but he says that is not the case.
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"I've put five good, hard, solid years into Barton, and I've done what I think is the best thing for it," said Friskney.
"I need a break. I need a break from football. I am really disillusioned with the way football is being run at the moment, even at our level.
"It's getting to the point where it's more and more difficult to sustain local football at the highest level of the Northern Counties.
"Unfortunately, in the current climate, it's becoming more and more difficult to raise sponsorship.
"I thought it was about time I gave the chance to someone else to take over and maybe take the club a little bit further than I have.
"I've got personal commitments and work commitments, so I've got to be mindful of them as well."
The Swans finished 11th in their first season at Premier League level, reaching two cup finals.
And though Friskney fears for the future of non-league clubs, he is confident Barton are 'in good hands', with manager Dave Anderson still in situ.
"I've enjoyed immensely my time there," he said.
"It was a hard decision for me. There are fantastic people at Barton and I've left a good club.
"I'm not jumping from a sinking ship; the ship's definitely not sinking.
"It's in very good hands, it's in very good health. I'm sure they'll move on and probably get stronger.
"People all believe, that's it, that's the end, if the chairman leaves. But there will be other chairmen."
Meanwhile, Sennett hopes his decision to move on will give Winterton a chance to recruit someone local.
The Thorne-based manager has spent the last three seasons with Rangers, a period he looks back on with great affection.
"I would like to think it's been a successful time," said Sennett, who is now hoping to manage in the Evo-Stik League, along with his assistant Mark Turner and goalkeeping coach Craig Mellor.
"We went in and rebuilt the team from scratch.
"We won the President's Cup, won the County Cup and got to the League Cup final, where we lost with the last kick of the game.
"We've finished in the top six all three seasons and we reached two semi-finals this year. I would like to think we had a good go at it and done a decent job there.
"With a bit more luck this season we would have definitely been challenging for the title at the back end of it.
"I've enjoyed it at Winterton, it's a good club to manage and everyone's been really good to us.
"We've stepped to one side to allow them to bring in a local manager to get more local-based players in.
"That way they can try to bring people back through the turnstiles as well."