Following a run of bad results Alan Wright was relieved of duty on Friday 6th December 2013. The following morning the club unveiled former Southport goalscoring hero John Coleman as manager. Jimmy Bell returns as Assistant Manager.
Commenting on the appointment Chairman Charlie Clapham said “I am delighted to announce John Coleman as our new manager. John has all the experience and knowledge to take Southport Football Club forward. Everyone connected with the club will acknowledge it has been a very difficult period for the club after recent results, hence the actions the club with regret had to take. We now move on with a new manager who has all the credentials to achieve results. I am sure everyone will welcome John back to the club he played for in the 1980’s.”