Buckle in shock Hatters' exit
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Paul Buckle has shocked Luton Town by leaving the Blue Square Premiership side by mutual consent due to personal reasons.
Buckle departed Kenilworth Road prior to the Hatters' 1-1 league draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday which leaves them nine points adrift of the play-off places but with three games in hand on Forest Green Rovers in fifth spot.
His departure also came just three days after the side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Millwall at the fifth round stage following an historic 1-0 win at Premier League Norwich in round four.
A statement on the club's official website, read: "We would like to thank Paul for all he has done at LTFC.
"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 morning. In the meantime, we are concentrating our efforts on tonight's game."