GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY have started the search for a new manager after boss Dominic Roma stepped down, saying he could not give the role the focus it needed.
Roma and his assistant, ex-Matlock Town boss Martin Foster, took caretaker charge of the club last March following the departure of long-serving boss Steve Housham.
Roma, a former Trinity captain, kept Gainsborough in the National League North and was then confirmed as the club’s permanent boss following the final day win over Bradford Park Avenue.
However, it’s been another tough season for Trinity and they currently sit 17th and just four points above the relegation places after Saturday’s defeat to Alfreton Town.
Roma, who was given a vote of confidence by chairman Richard Kane just before Christmas, has decided to leave the club on his own terms.
The ex-Sheffield United youngster, who works as a teacher, has found it difficult to juggle his responsibilities and decided to resign from his role as Trinity boss after the Alfreton defeat. Assistant Foster has also left the club.
Roma told Trinity’s website: “It is obviously with a heavy heart I make the decision to step down with immediate effect from my role as manager at Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.
“For a long time this football club, this town has been a part of my life. I at this moment in time, I just cannot give every aspect of my life the attention it deserves and something just had to give.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to pull on the shirt and to manage this fantastic club and although I am disappointed results and performances have not always been to the standard I would have hoped, it is not for want of trying.
“I wish the chairman, the board, the club and the supporters every success for the future, and I genuinely mean it when I say the Gainsborough results will be the first I look for on a Saturday afternoon.”
A club statement added: “All associated with the football club would like to wish Dom and Martin all the best for the future and thank them for all of their work assembling a bright young side that hopefully the new manager will be able to mould and evolve into a more consistent National League North outfit.
“The board have moved quickly to place Adam Quinn and Matt Wilson in temporary charge ahead of another crucial game, away at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.”