Manager Ryan Gayler has stepped down as first team manager of AFC Varndeanians, who finished bottom of the Southern Combination League Division One.
Gayler said: “Following two seasons at Sussex County level and building the foundations for AFC Varndeanians to play at Withdean Stadium I have decided to step down as manager and take the opportunity to manage a new development squad for the 2017/18 season at Ryman League Premier Division level.
“Returning to a Ryman Premier club and working with young, ambitious players will be a welcome challenge as my personal coaching, managing and scouting interests remain passionate.
“Developing a young, progressive squad will be the main focus and I will be keeping close contacts with AFC Varndeanians as opportunities to gain senior experience may benefit players from within both clubs at different levels.
“I’ve also enjoyed watching some talented young players at other clubs within the senior and u18s SCFL level and hopefully they can show the ambition to push themselves over the forthcoming seasons.
“It has been a great journey so far alongside chairman Dave Bridges, who I consider a friend and one of football’s most passionate, loyal and dedicated players and someone who encourages participation for all. We will continue to work together and along with managing the AFC Vs under-13s next season I will take an interest in the clubs 16-20-year-old local players who are showing the commitment and aspiration to play at a higher level.
“As a club, AFC Varndeanians has seen an important transition over the last two years and it will continue to be a part of my football life with increased awareness and local connections continuing to strengthen the club infrastructure”.