Miles Rutherford quit Moneyfields because he felt the club are ready for change.
Rutherford resigned last week after spending 12 years at Dover Road.
Knowing Dave, he will put his heart and soul into it and I know he will enjoy it at the clubMiles Rutherford
During that time he became one of the most respected figures on the Wessex League scene.
He helped establish the Copnor club as a top-six Wessex League premier division side, with his teams never easy to beat.
One of his strengths at Moneys was his willingness to work with players often discarded by other clubs and viewed as problems.
With Rutherford what you see is what you get.
His honest, down-to-earth way of dealing with people will be missed at the club.
In typical fashion, though, Rutherford recognises the nature of the Wessex League is changing and if the club are to progress they need to do the same.
He accepts Moneys did well to compete at the top of the division without the resources of rivals.
‘I haven’t fallen out of love with football or wouldn’t even say I’d taken the team as far as I can,’ said Rutherford.
‘The club still means a lot to me and my family and I am excited for their future.
‘It has become more and more difficult to attract players to the club because of all the money that is now around.
‘Over the years we have been operating on a shoestring and haven’t had the resources to make that next step.
‘We always fell just short when it came to winning the title.
‘I am leaving with no regrets and the club have been largely good enough to leave me to my own devices.
‘Lots of other clubs have looked to Moneyfields and what we have achieved and have aspired to be like us.
‘We feel we have achieved a lot over the years and it has been great to be part of that.
‘There are lots of people, far too many to name, that have contributed over the years and are good friends.’
Moneyfields have made a stuttering start to the season, winning just half of their 12 games so far.
Rutherford insisted that wasn’t a factor in his decision and believes the club have got the right man in to succeed him.
The club moved quickly to appoint Horndean boss Dave Carter, who will officially take over after tonight’s game against league-leaders Salisbury at Dover Road (7.45pm).
‘Dave Carter has done a terrific job at Horndean and will bring some financial backing with him,’ said Rutherford.
‘Knowing Dave, he will put his heart and soul into it and I know he will enjoy it at the club.
‘The club is ready to move up to the next level and I couldn’t see a way of us doing that without extra resources.
‘Now they will have someone in charge who can help them compete with the likes of AFC Portchester, Blackfield, Salisbury and Sholing.
‘Dave will throw everything at it and I am happy to see someone coming in to help take the club forward.’