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Football | FA Cup

Paul Buckle © Action Images

Buckle quits as Luton manager



Luton Town manager Paul Buckle has left the club just days after their FA Cup defeat by Millwall, the non-league side announced on Tuesday citing "personal reasons".

Buckle, who took charge at Kenilworth Road in April last year, oversaw impressive FA Cup wins over Wolves and Premier League Norwich before the Hatters' march to Wembley was halted by a 3-0 last 16 loss at home to Championship side Millwall on Saturday.

"We would like to thank Paul for all he has done at LTFC," said a club statement. "It is with much regret we announce, by mutual consent, and as a result of genuine personal circumstances unrelated to his tenure as manager of Luton Town Football Club, Paul Buckle has, with immediate effect, parted company with the football club.

"The reasons for Paul's departure are fully understood by the board, who sincerely regret that he is leaving. We are fully aware that achieving managerial stability will create the conditions necessary for success on the football pitch.

"We are grateful to Paul for what he has brought to the club and believe that he has built the foundations necessary for Luton Town to achieve the board's desire of returning to the Football League as soon as possible.

"A further statement will be made tomorrow (Wednesday) morning."

Luton have not won since their stunning defeat of Norwich at Carrow Road on January 26, losing three and drawing one, and sit eighth in the Conference table, nine points adrift of a play-off spot, as they bid to regain a place in England's Football League.

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