Spalding Rugby Club have parted company with head coach Andy McMahon after a miserable season that has seen them lose all 17 of their games this season.
A statement on the club’s website said that “a new direction” and fresh approach was needed”, resulting in McMahon’s dismissal.
McMahon has been replaced by scrum half Ben Williams, the change coming just nine months after Town clinched promotion to Midlands One East with play-off glory over Warwickshire side Newbold-on-Avon.
The statement said: “After lengthy deliberation, the committee have decided that a new direction and fresh approach is needed.
“The committee wish to record their thanks and huge respect for Andy McMahon for his commitment and dedication to the role during a very tough season for the club (when) lesser individuals would have wilted under the pressure.
“With immediate effect, the players will be under the direction of Ben Williams (who) has been a player for many years at Spalding and has played rugby at (a) higher level with Bedford.
“Ben has considerable knowledge of the game and many new ideas too, (so) we look forward to the players embracing this new leadership and striving towards a more successful remainder of the season.”