PAUL Cox has resigned as manager of Eastwood Town Football Club.
The news comes after Cox, who took charge at Coronation Park in 2005, led the Badgers to their highest ever league finish of fourth in the Blue Square Bet North last season.
It marks the end of an era in which the former Notts County defender oversaw two promotions, progress to the third round of the FA Cup in 2009, a UniBond League Challenge Cup victory and five Nottinghamshire Senior Cup successes.
A statement on the club’s official website from chairman Tony Minnis said: “After speaking with Paul last night, it is with regret that he has now resigned from his post as manager of Eastwood Town FC.
“Paul has spent the last few weeks considering his future and although it was a tough decision, he has decided that it is time to move on from Eastwood Town FC.
“He feels that with the disappointment of the decision from the Conference not to allow us to compete in the play-offs and with myself and Rob Yong’s decision to step away from the club, now would be a good time to step aside and give someone else the opportunity to take the club to the next level.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Paul over the last few years and I’m sure there will be a lot of supporters who will be disappointed to see him depart after taking the club to its highest ever league finish. “
Cox told the Advertiser on Friday: “It was a tough decision to make but having talked things over with my partner and considered many different aspects of what has been happening recently, I feel I’ve taken the club as far as I can at this moment in time and that now is the right moment to step aside.
“I feel I need a fresh challenge having been at Eastwood for so long and I think I’m leaving the club in a really healthy state, at the highest level it’s ever been at and at a time when lots of things will be changing with new owners expected to be coming in.”
For more on this story, including an in-depth interview with Cox where he’ll discuss his tenure at Coronation Park, see next week’s Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser.