Agathe leaves Durham City
Thursday morning brought confirmation that former Celtic winger Didier Agathe had left his role as manager at Northern League Division Two outfit Durham City.
Agathe was initially announced as the new manager in April and was tasked with improving the fortunes of the club who had struggled at the wrong end of the table for a number of years. Throughout the summer the club announced signings of young players from the Netherlands and France, some with seemingly good pedigree. Concerns were raised about how these technically sound players might cope with the rough and tumble of the Northern League not to mention bumpy pitches and a North East winter, yet the signs were promising. The first game of the season was a narrow FA Cup loss at Sunderland RCA followed up by another narrow loss to landlords Willington, City losing 4-3 despite a hattrick from DeAndre Wainwright.
The teamsheet against Sunderland RCA turned some heads when it was announced, with more than a cosmopolitan look to it.
After nine games City had only managed one point following a 2-2 draw against Tow Law Town. Performances had improved, and of their eight defeats in the league, five were only by a margin of one goal.
City announced that Director of Football John Woolnough was leaving his post on 24 September 2020, with Woolnough thought to have been instrumental in the continental recruitment plan.
Speaking to Mark Carruthers from the Sunderland Echo, Olivier Bernard confirmed the departure of Agathe, citing circumstances beyond the results as the reason for his decision to leave. Bernard is hopeful of bringing in a new manager before the weekend, and will have to decide whether the club continue the experiment or bring in more faces familiar with the league.