Paul Grainger believes he has left Cornard United in a good position for the next manager who takes over from him.
Grainger resigned as Ards boss on Monday night just two weeks short of a full year in charge of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division outfit, and cited work commitments as forcing him to step down from the role.
“The new job I’ve got means I’m staying away from home Monday to Thursdays, and also working some Saturdays,” he said.
“It’s not fair on the club as I’m at the point where I couldn’t do the job.
“I wasn’t going to cling on with my fingernails. I’m pleased with the job I did there and I’ve left the next manager in a really good position.
“The injuries we’ve had in the team have been horrendous. We’ve got six players out for a month-plus and one player now out for the season.
“When you’ve got a small squad of 20 and you take six players out it’s massive.
“It was another reason why I left because we need to get new players in, and with my new job I won’t have the time to do that.”
Cornard were set to hold a meeting with the committee and players last night to decide who will lead the team out this weekend, with a trip to Woodbridge Town in the First Division Knockout Cup preliminary round set for this Saturday (3pm).
Ards chairman Harvey Doherty said: “I’d like to thank Paul for all he’s done at the club in the last year; he’s worked wonders.
“After the game Saturday he was a bit choked up and he called me Monday evening to tell me.
“The club are gutted to lose him. I tried to talk him out of it, but he was adamant and it is with a heavy heart we parted company.
“We’ve had eight applicants for the job which shows how far the club has come, and we hope to announce a new manager in the next week or two.”
Cornard sit bottom of the First Division after losing their opening three games of the season, the latest a 4-1 home defeat to Dereham Town Reserves at the weekend.