ALTRINCHAM FC have today parted company with manager Lee Sinnott.

Sinnott spent five years at the helm at the J.Davidson Stadium and was the second longest-serving manager in the National League.

But after a 3-2 home defeat to Gateshead last night saw the robins remain in the relegation zone with 11 games to play, the decision to part company with Sinnott was made.

A statement on the club's website said: "It is with regret that Altrincham Football Club have parted company with manager Lee Sinnott after five years at the helm.

"Lee, the second longest serving manager in the National League, joined the club after Altrincham suffered relegation in 2011 and, after a season of consolidation, the side pushed for promotion which was eventually achieved in 2014 with a play-off win against Guiseley.

"Finishing 17th in our first season back in the National League was a great achievement and we looked to push on this year.

"Unfortunately, due to an unprecedented number of long-term injuries this has not been possible and, at present, the club find themselves in the relegation zone with 11 games to play."

Robins chairman Grahame Rowley said: "It has been a privilege to work with Lee, a man of integrity and honesty.

"I am extremely sorry to see him go, his shoes will be hard to fill.

"Altrincham Football Club are proud to have had him as their manager."

Number two Neil Tolson will act as caretaker manager for the game at Barrow on Saturday.