London native Gardner, who joined Manchester in March 2021, is understood to want to be closer to his family and goes back south with the best wishes of the Giants management. 

Jamie Edwards said “It’s been great to work closely with Lloyd. His arrival was the catalyst of an improved approach to how we played the game and what we wanted to be about.  It’s a testament to who he is as a coach and as a person; the way the staff, the players and fans engaged with him was great to see. He’s created a lot of great memories in his short time here in Manchester.  We wish him the very best of luck in his new role.” 

Gardner led the Giants to their first final in over 20 years as they finished runners up in the BBL Cup final to Leicester Riders in January. This was followed by their second trip to the playoffs since their return to the BBL (British Basketball League) a decade ago, after a season in which the Giants also achieved 20 wins for the first time since their reformation.

In a farewell to the Giants fans, Gardner said “My time in Manchester has been memorable. Thank you to the staff, players and fans for the support I received throughout my short time. I look forward to following the franchise move forward from the foundations we have established. At this moment I felt it was best for myself and my family to look for other opportunities” 

On the plans for the upcoming season and the new vacancy, Edwards was characteristically upbeat “We’ll be looking to make a new appointment as soon as possible, recruitment is at an advanced stage, and we have a good structure with the assistant coaches Ploutos Vourliotis, Paul Cantwell and Tom Fletcher ID-ing and assessing talent. I’m confident we can make another step forward this coming season.” 

Season tickets for the coming 2022/2023 BBL campaign are on sale now.