John Ramshaw has resigned from his post as manager of Eastwood Town.
Ramshaw took over the role in October 2011 but has struggled to make the Badgers a competitive force, with several budget cuts and various financial constraints having played a major part.
There will be more on this story in this week’s Advertiser and on this website over the next few days, but Ramshaw, who was previously assistant manager to former boss Paul Cox, today released a statement explaining his decision.
“I have had some great times at this football club – the club’s first season in the Blue Square Conference North, winning the Unibond Northern Premier League championship, reaching the third round proper of the FA Cup, winning the Notts Senior Cup last season are but a few – but I can quite honestly say, without reservation, that the past year has been the worst of my football career.
“Constant budget reductions and the uncertainty of wage payments have made my position untenable.
“More importantly the recent austerity measures imposed by the club mean that, once again, I no longer feel that with the current playing budget we can field a team that will be successful at this level of football.
“I have tried desperately to keep the club competitive but it has got to the point where I was not enjoying going to football anymore - and that is a terrible indictment for someone who has been passionately in love with this game for 55 years.”
“This is not a decision I have taken lightly and in some respects I feel that by doing so I am letting down a lot of very good people at Eastwood Town who are fighting tooth and nail to keep this football club alive. However, there comes a point when one has to say, ‘enough is enough’.”
“Nor is it a reflection on my working relationship with the club’s owner Steve Lynch.
“I think Steve has had an unenviable task since taking over a club riddled with debt and hard decisions have had to be taken in the interest of keeping the club alive. Unfortunately they have only gone to accentuate my reasons for resigning.”
“I would like to thank all of the players, staff and supporters who have shown patience and understanding whilst standing by me in this adverse period of the club’s history.
“I wish the club, and all of those seriously involved with it, the very best for the future and sincerely hope the current financial problems can be overcome.”
Ramshaw’s assistant Darren Kelk is expected to resign along with him, though the duo are planning to take Thursday evening’s training session.