Dave McGurk Departs Hyde United

It is with great regret that the Hyde United Board has accepted the resignation of Dave McGurk as  First Team Manager for personal and family reasons.

David joined the Club as Assistant to Darren Kelly in the Summer of 2016 and both enjoyed success with the memorable FA Cup run to the First Round proper and the TV match with MK Dons and culminating with promotion at the end of that 2017/218 season.

Following a management reshuffle, David took over as First Team Manager in the Summer of 2019 and guided the Club to both the NPL Cup and Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-Finals before the Covid outbreak then nullified the season.

David has prepared a personal statement as follows;-

It’s been an emotional couple of days as I’ve said my goodbyes to staff, players and directors. I feel it’s time to hand over the role as manager to someone else and I decided this before the game on Saturday at Matlock.  It’s a decision I needed to make for myself and my family. 

Being manager of a part time club is a very hard job. I’ve loved every minute but the last few months have proved really difficult to get a work/life/family balance. I simply can’t put the time or energy into the job to meet the demands that I expect of myself as a manager. I plan to take a couple of months with my family to recharge and I’ll come back into football with a new challenge at some point.

As assistant manager with Daz we created some great memories with promotion and the FA Cup run. I never got to complete a season as manager with Covid hitting but what the players did in my first year was incredible with the budget we had. We were gutted when it ended as we were flying in the league and had the two semi finals still to play. There’s a great group of lads there now and I’m sure the first win will come this week and there will be many more from there. 

There are too many individual people to thank, I hope they all know who they are. In particular though my staff have been everything I could wish for in terms of their roles and support. The directors and volunteers, what you do at this football club to keep it running is amazing. The fans….. as a first time manager i needed your support from the off and I got it. Thank you. 

It’s been a brilliant 5 years of my life and I now wish Hyde and everyone associated with the club the very best of luck going forward. I’ve made a lot of friends there and I’ll be down as soon as I get the opportunity. 

Take care,


The Board of Hyde United wish to place on record our sincere thanks for all David’s hard work over the past 5 years and we certainly wish him well now and in the future.

John McCombe has agreed to take charge of First Team affairs in the short term and will be in charge for the Home match tomorrow (Tuesday 24th) v Grantham Town