In a bold move, Farsley Celtic of the English Conference North football league moved rapidly to fill the void left by John Deacy's departure by successfully negotiating a temporary deal with Parsley the Lion from Children's TV show, The Herbs.
"We thought is apropos," Chairman Andy Firbank announced at the Press Conference. "Lee Carsley was unavailable, and we really wanted somebody who rhymed with Farsley to take the helm."
Parsley told the massed member of the press: "I'm a lion, a very friendly lion. I'm always glad to see you wave."
The new Farsley gaffer was asked who would be his number two. "Well," he replied, "I think it has to be Dill [the dog]. He is my bestest friend in the whole world after all."
Not to be out done, Hyde United released a press statement of their own, announcing that their new manager would be Pootle from the Flumps. "He's got a better managerial pedigree than anybody else who applied for the job," press secretary Tony Beard said. "Plus, we think the woollen hats will be a big seller in the club shop. We would have gone with a character that rhymed with Hyde, but we couldn't think of one."