Ripon City boss Hogg sacked after Kirk Deighton defeat

Alistair Hogg
Alistair Hogg

Ripon City have parted company with Alistair Hogg after a run of poor results, culminating in defeat to lower-league Kirk Deighton Rangers on Saturday.

Hogg managed just one win as Ripon manager in the West Yorkshire Premier Division and leaves the team 15th with four points from 12 games.

The decision comes one month after Hogg made a three-game ultimatum on his future at the club following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Hunslet Club.

Since then, his side have lost three of their four fixtures including a 4-2 defeat to local rivals Boroughbridge in the West Riding County Challenge Cup on November 1.

Despite his ultimatum, Hogg said that he was planning on staying on as manager and admitted he was ‘devastated’ with the decision.

He said: “It’s all in the interest of the club but it was a bit of a shock when the chairman said we should call it day.

“If I had the same commitment from the players as last year then we would be half way up the table. You can only work with the tools you’ve got.

“I have enjoyed running the team but I kept saying the commitment has just not been good enough. Some players would pull out of games on the day with poor excuses.

“Most of the lads would turn up week in, week out but others would just say they couldn’t be bothered. That was the main reason for the poor results and the chairman knew that.”

Sue Dennison, chairman of Ripon City, said that the team would be managed, in the interim, by club captain Mark Tyson and Andy Young but said there would be a new management team in place for Ripon’s game against East End Park on November 29.

Former Knaresborough Town Reserves manager Jeff Wells had held talks with the club on Tuesday morning about potentially taking over from Hogg but decided against accepting the role.

He said: “Sue was a lovely lady who made me feel very welcome but unfortunately I don’t think on this occasion the club was right for me at this time. I wish Ripon City all the very best.”

Ripon City’s 4-3 defeat in the Whitworth Cup semi-final proved to be Hogg’s last game in charge and he said he was ‘annoyed’ that the club surrendered their 1-0 lead.

He said: “I was absolutely fuming, the way we gave it away. No disrespect to them because they came and did a job. They got through to the final but we should not be getting beat by a Harrogate and District club.”

Hogg said that he will take ‘good experience’ away from the job’ and will be looking for another role in local football.