DONCASTER Rovers stalwart Mickey Walker has parted company with the club.
Walker has been released from his duties as director of football, bringing to an end a memorable 12-year association with the club.
The 67-year-old was assistant manager during Rovers’ rapid rise from the Conference to League One.
His exit is part of Rovers’ re-structuring behind the scenes following relegation from the Championship.
Walker said: “I am 67 and my plan was always to finish my working life with Doncaster Rovers and I am disappointed that I am now not going to be able to do that.
“There is no bitterness in the parting. That is just football.
“I wish Dean [Saunders] and the boys all the best for the coming season.”
Walker won a lifetime achievement award at the 2012 Doncaster Sports Awards and enjoyed a special relationship with the club’s fans.
He added: “I have appreciated what the fans have given to follow Rovers, whether that was at Dover or Sheffield Wednesday.
“I would also place on the record my thanks to the Snodins, Ian and Glynn, and to both Dave Penney and Sean O’Driscoll, who I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside.
“I would also like to thank the chairman John Ryan for all of his support and friendship over the years.
“Without his drive and determination there is no way Rovers could have enjoyed the success we have.”
Walker assisted boss Dean Saunders on the touchline during Rovers’ boss first few games in charge last year.
But he was told by club officials that his services as director of football are no longer required - in line with Rovers’ new strict business plan.