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Long-serving Gloucester City manager Harris resigns

Long-serving Gloucester City manager Tim Harris has handed the club by a blow by resigning from his role as first team manager.

The 58-year-old, who began his second spell with the Tigers in 2014, recently surpassed 300 games in charge of the club.

However, recent results have been poor, with just two wins in their last 11 games leaving Gloucester languishing 16th in the National League South.

In a statement on the club’s website, Harris said: “It’s with a heavy heart, that this morning I have resigned from Gloucester City Football Club.

“For those that know, me it’s a decision I’ve not taken lightly, and it’s been something I have wrestled with for at least the last six months.

“I came back nearly four years ago, I have worked tirelessly with many good volunteers that shared my passion for the club, we’ve tried to hold the club together whilst maintaining our league status in a very professional league.

“At the end of last season, I expressed my concern publicly that the club could not continue without changing the structure and it shouldn’t keep relying on the goodwill of people that put in the endless hours a week that it takes to run a club at this level.

“To say we have been punching above our weight is a massive understatement and the club needs some investment, some structure and business acumen if it is to maintain any hope of returning home at this level.

We have lost a generation of supporters – it’s nearly 11 years since we played in our City – and many fans have become disillusioned during this time. I do feel for those supporters who travel away and away for home games and I sincerely hope they understand my position.”

Play-coach Will Morford will take interim charge of Gloucester on Saturday at home to Eastbourne Borough.

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