Fell still has chairman behind him

Ramsbottom United chairman Harry Williams has moved to squash rumours over the future of manager Mark Fell and his coaching team after the club's poor run of form in the EVO-STIK League.

Fell, pictured, was originally appointed alongside Paul Fildes in May 2016 and was publicly backed by the Rams chairman in an official statement on Wednesday after a six game winless run stretching back to a 3-2 victory at Bamber Bridge in mid-November left the club in the wrong half of the EVO-STIK League North table and fans fearing a relegation scrap.

Williams said: “Recent speculation regarding the management team at Ramsbottom United has caused concern and worry for those involved. I need to reiterate that the club is firmly behind the current set-up of manager Mark Fell, assistant Graham Lancashire and coach Scott Campbell, whose hard work continues to be fully appreciated by everyone.

"We have had a poor run of results, which unfairly reflect the effort that has been put in at the club, and this has led to a number of assumptions, based upon rumour and innuendo, which are totally incorrect. I have no doubt that the results will begin to turn, and have full confidence in the players and management team’s ability to turn things around."

Founding father: Rams chairman Harry Williams

Founding father: Rams chairman Harry Williams

He added: "Such negativity has no place at Ramsbottom United, and I hope that the supporters will continue to get behind the team as we enter the second half of the season.”

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