Essex Senior League club Stansted have announced that manager Mark Ashford will be stepping down after today’s match away at Barking.
The club were keen to keep Ashford on board for next season but totally understand his reasons for stepping down as he has now gained his UEFA A badge and feels now is the right time to make a move which as a club we appreciate he wants to move his managerial/coaching career forward.
Stansted chairman Glyn Warwick said: “We would like to put on record a massive thank you for everything Mark has brought to Stansted over the past couple of seasons.
“He has helped moved the club forward both on and off the pitch, he has shown complete honesty and integrity with all he has done and its always been done in a very professional manner.
“He got a very talented young team together, achieved good league positions and a cup final, and off the pitch helped the club financially by getting some excellent sponsorship deals into the club.
“We are sad to see Mark leave but will always remain in close contact and this parting company has been done in a completely amicable and unselfish way as he has mentioned in his statement that he would not want to leave during a forthcoming season if an offer came his way and he has given Stansted FC ample time to find a replacement. He will not be easy to replace, but as a club we now need to look to the future and seek a replacement”.