Former Leeds United, Sheffield United and Bradford City man steps down from managerial role
Source: Yorkshirepost

Paynter, who also represented Hull City and Doncaster Rovers as a player, took charge of the eighth-tier side in March last year. He had previously coached within Everton's academy and as part of the senior set-up at Port Vale.

He led the Linnets to a second-placed finish in the Northern Premier League Division One West, although the club were denied promotion in the play-offs. The 39-year-old has now vacated his post, issuing a farewell statement to confirm his exit.

He said: "I would like to thank Peter Cartledge and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage and be part of Runcorn Linnets the past two seasons. [I'd] also like to thank Darren Moore, Gaz Moore, Liam Page, David Phillips, Jamie Rainford, Alan Knell, Dan Jago and Sara Seo for their help and support. Thank you to all the players who were part of the journey and shared the experiences, through the highs and lows.

"And with that failure, I take full responsibility and I will be stepping down as Runcorn Linnets manager. I wish the club all the best and success in the future. Billy."

"At many other levels, it would have seen us promoted. We also have to remember that Billy took on the role at a very testing time for the club and has conducted himself throughout with integrity, diligence and class. In wishing Billy every success for the future, the club will now begin the process of finding and appointing a successor in readiness for next season."