Iain Humphrey has resigned as chairman of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Daventry Town.
The shock news was announced at the club`s AGM last night with Allan Smart relinquishing his role as manager to take over as chairman.
Humphrey told supporters that after a difficult time recently he felt it was time to pass control of the club on to someone with new ideas to give the club a fresh start.
When he took over the club, it was bankrupt and on the verge of collapse following the fire which destroyed the clubhouse. The team were then a struggling United Counties League Division One side.
Humphrey spoke with pride about his fantastic journey which has seen, promotions which have taken the club to its highest ever level in its 129-year history, the FA Cup and FA Trophy runs, the near misses and the rise of a debt free clubhouse which is one of the best facilities in Step 4 football.
Management group committee member Steve Tubb said: “This is a sad day for the people of Daventry.
“We thank Iain for all he has done for the club.”
Humphrey thanked the many friends and people behind the scenes who had worked with him during his time as chairman and said he looked forward to watching a match as a supporter.
Club development officer Dennis Job and club accountant Steve Fowler will also stand down.
Smart also thanked the outgoing chairman before saying: “I am not so arrogant to believe I could run a business and a football club and will therefore be stepping down as manager.
“As to my replacement, I have spoken to a local manager and I also have a contingency plan.”
He confirmed that Ady Fuller was still involved in the club and that he could not attend the AGM because he was working away. It was solely down to Fuller that he became involved at Daventry Town.