Farsley AFC chairman John Palmer confirmed the open secret last night that Neil Parsley will continue as the club’s manager next season.
A statement read: “Parsley has been in charge at Throstle Nest since October 2008 and has led the reformed club to promotion from the NCEL Premier Division and also an Evo Stik Division One North top five finish in the 2011-12 season.
Farsley could only finish 14th this time around, but Palmer insists that Parsley is the man to take the club forward.
He said: ‘I’m delighted that Neil has agreed to stay on as the club’s manager.
‘It has been a tough and testing season. Whilst we suffered badly with injuries and suspensions, we massively underachieved this season. Sometimes these types of seasons happen.
‘I’m confident that Neil will turn things around. He knows what he wants to do in the summer and if his plans come to fruition, it could be another exciting era for the club.’”
The decision to keep Parsley as manager is a show of loyalty for the difficulties that Parsley suffered early on in his reign at Throstle Nest.
After taking over from John Deacey, Parsley had to cope with player departures and then a ten point deduction after the old club Farsley Celtic entered administration.
Parsley returned to manage the new club when it reformed in 2010 and apart from the season that has just finished, it has been non-stop success.