Preston North End ave praised the ultra-professionalism of departing first-team coach John Dreyer.
The 52-year-old – affectionately nicknamed Tumble – was relieved of his duties this week after North End boss Simon Grayson opted to replace him with former Blackpool caretaker manager Steve Thompson on his backroom team.
North End admitted the decision to end Dreyer’s three-year stint at Deepdale was a tough one, especially as he had played a major role in the club’s promotion back to the Championship.
And the news saddened many people connected with the club, as the happy-go-lucky ex-Bradford City and Luton Town midfielder was a popular figure among supporters and players alike.
However, having inherited Dreyer when he became manager in 2013, it is believed Grayson was keen to bring his own man in as the team prepare for the challenge of the Championship and the step up in class next season.
A club spokesman said: “It seems silly that after winning promotion we are letting John go.
“But sometimes you need different skill sets in your backroom team and the manager wanted to bring Steve Thompson in and, unfortunately John had to go.
“It’s one of those things which happens in football – you can’t stand still. He was disappointed, but he was the ultimate professional to deal with.”
Dreyer arrived at Deepdale as Graham Westley’s right-hand man when the former Stevenage boss was appointed as manager in 2012.
He was put in charge on a caretaker basis for one game in February 2013 after Westley’s sacking – and led North End to a terrific 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Deepdale.