Bootle FC have confirmed the resignation of manager Steve McNulty after less than a year in charge.

The news comes shortly after Bootle lost in the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final on penalties to Runcorn Linnets.

McNulty joined the Bucks in August 2022 when he replaced the departing Brian Richardson, following a short stint as assistant manager of Vanrama North side Chester, where he was also registered as a player.

The 39-year-old managed the Bucks to 14th place in the Northern Premier League West division. This was a far cry from when they narrowly missed out on a play-off spot in the 2021/22 season when the club finished seventh.

However, for reasons that are yet to become clear, McNulty has decided to step down with immediate effect.

Scenes following Bootle’s cup exit to Runcorn Linnets / Photo by Alex Caddick

Before his first stint in management, Liverpool Academy graduate McNulty had an admirable playing career, enjoying spells with the likes of Tranmere Rovers, Luton Town and Fleetwood Town, before ending his playing days at Northern Premier League side Witton Albion.

In a statement posted by the club, Bootle FC stated: “Bootle Football Club have today accepted the resignation of Ste McNulty. We would like to thank Ste for his efforts in charge of the club and we wish him well for the future. We will make a further announcement in due course.”

Fans and members of the club have provided their opinion on his resignation on social media, with the club’s head of media Joe Symes commenting: “For what you’ve done for me Steve, interviews etc, I can’t thank you enough. Good luck with whatever’s next!”

Bootle next take to the pitch this Saturday, when they take on Colne at the Berry Street Garage Stadium.