GUISELEY will be trying to fight off relegation from National League North under a familiar face, after their management team of Marcus Bignot, Russ O'Neill and Paul Clayton were all placed on gardening leave.

Former boss Steve Kittrick, who was in charge for five years between 2008 and 2013, will take over as caretaker boss until the end of the season.

The final straw for Bignot, O'Neill and Clayton came on Saturday, when the Lions were beaten 4-1 at fellow strugglers Gloucester City, with James Gale grabbing the only goal for the beleaguered visitors.

The defeat leaves Guiseley five points from safety, ahead of a crucial game in hand tonight at play-off chasing Kettering Town.

With just seven games to go for the Lions, they clearly felt a change was needed in the dugout before it was too late.

In a club statement, Guiseley said: "The Guiseley AFC board of directors have made the difficult decision to place the management team of Russ O’Neill, Marcus Bignot and Paul Clayton on gardening leave for the remainder of the season.

"Under the stewardship of Russ, Marcus and Paul, the club has reached the FA Cup first round proper twice and second round once, while being on the verge of the playoffs in the Covid affected 2019/20 season.

"They can also be credited for giving debuts to and contributing to the development of several of our academy graduates, which is unrivalled at this level of football.

"Latterly they have competed valiantly against teams with vastly superior budgets.

"It is unfortunate the position we now find ourselves in, especially given the unavailability of several players throughout the season.

"We will be forever grateful for the tireless work they have put in for the club, and while wishing them the very best in their future careers, we hope to see them back at Nethermoor soon supporting the team.

"Former manager Steve Kittrick will take over as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season, assisted by Luke Potter.

"Steve was previously with Guiseley between 2008 and 2013, winning 179 of his 311 games in charge, while leading the Lions to promotion to the Vanarama National League North and subsequently the Vanarama National League North play-offs on three occasions."