Former Luton boss Gary Brabin has left his role as Southport manager to join the coaching staff at Premier League side Everton.
The 44-year-old, who was in charge of Hatters between March 2011 and April 2012, had only taken over at the Sandgrounders in October 2014, but couldn’t turn down the chance to link up with his boyhood club.
Brabin will now be part of the coaching set up at Goodison up to U21 level, with another ex-Hatter Paul Carden, stepping up from his role as Port assistant manager to take over.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Southport chairman Charlie Clapham said: “We gave Gary a manager’s post after a couple of years out of the game.
“It is a compliment to both Gary and Southport FC that Everton want our manager for such a prestigious role.
“It’s Gary’s lifelong ambition to be part of Everton Football Club and sometimes in life things happen when you are not expecting them to.
“I would not want to stop Gary achieving his ambition and genuinely wish him all the best.
“Gary made an immediate impact here and I want to thank him for that and our FA Cup run culminating at Derby County.
“Paul Carden now has the task of building on Gary’s foundations over the last four months and getting us to a safe position as quickly as possible.”