PHIL Simkin’s reign as Dorchester Town boss is over following his sacking last night.

His departure brings to an end a spell of nearly two-and-a-half years in the managerial hot seat at the Avenue.

Monday’s derby defeat to rivals Weymouth proved to be the final game in charge for Simkin, whose long association with Dorchester included spells as a player, reserve-team manager and first-team assistant-manager.

In a statement released by the club, Simkin was thanked for his contribution to the Magpies over the years, particularly the role he played in the team’s memorable FA Cup run and league finish in the 2012/13 season.

“It is with regret that the board of directors of Dorchester Town Football Club can confirm that Phil Simkin has had his employment terminated with immediate effect,” read the statement.

“The board of directors would like to thank Phil for his contribution to Dorchester Town Football Club over many years as a player, reserve-team manager, assistant-manager and latterly as first-team manager.

“His enthusiasm and commitment has been first class.

“He will be remembered for the achievements of the 2012/13 season with the enthralling FA Cup run, including the spectacular victory over Plymouth Argyle at the Avenue Stadium in front of the ESPN cameras, and for the best ever finish in Conference South, just outside the play-offs in eighth position.”

Simkin took over as boss from Alan Knight in April 2012.