Steve Appleby’s three-and-a-half year reign as Wisbech Town FC manager is over after he quit on Monday night.
That night he phoned assistant Chris Dear - who has now also resigned - contacted as many players as possible and visited the club to tell board members, chairman Barry Carter and vice-chairman Dave ‘Snips’ Parsons.
Appleby said the highlight of his tenure was when the team won promotion last season from the Thurlow Nunn League, but the club declined to go up for financial reasons; while the 46-year-old also masterminded two cup triumphs.
Appleby told our sister paper the Peterborough Telegraph: “Resigning has been in the back of my mind for a while and I know it is the right time to go.
“I understand the reasons why the club turned down promotion but I am still absolutely gutted about it months later.
“I’ve lost my hunger and desire, and I don’t think I was doing myself or the club justice. I let my heart rule my head at the end of last season when agreeing to stay on.”
Appleby told the Citizen: “The club and fans have been sensational,” adding that he has been committed to football to 30 years and wants “time to chill out. I have no plans whatsoever.”