Paul Doswell says he has made the hardest decision of his life in resigning as manager of Sutton United after 11 years.
Doswell has been a driving force at the National League club since he joined in 2008, when the U’s had fallen out of Conference South.
He has overseen two promotions with the club, culminating in a third-place finish last season in Non-League’s top tier.
Sutton also made history by reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2017 where they hosted Arsenal.
Doswell also funded the 3G pitch at Gander Green Lane which has helped the club increase their standing in the local community.
He decided to take a break from the role a month ago, intending to return for next season, but has now decided that he is unable to continue due to the time and distance that is involved in travelling from his home in Winchester.
Doswell said: “I’ve taken the hardest decision in my life to leave Sutton United at this time and it’s been extremely difficult to make, but ultimately after eleven years of travelling two hours there and back sometimes four times a week it’s become impossible for me to keep going. It’s been the most incredible journey and one I have put my heart and soul into.
“Why the club became such a huge part of my life was simply down to a magnificent Chairman,Board of Directors and the numerous quite brilliant volunteers and supporters that help make this most unique club what it is. Its core values, and everyone working together, and no one person is more important than any other,is something I’ve never seen at any other football club.
“I will treasure that feeling of togetherness and support and feel immensely proud of what we all achieved together. I am convinced the club has strong and deep foundations to continue its fine progress and the move to being a true community football club will continue to bring rich dividends, and I leave the club very sad but also very proud.”