Fareham Town are looking for a new manager just two days before the start of the Wessex League premier division season after the departure of Matt Parr.
The long-serving boss decided to step down because of increasing work commitments.
Last season the Reds escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth.
A 1-0 win at Andover Town on the final day of the campaign saw them survive.
Parr described the season as the toughest in his long managerial career and admitted it had taken a heavy toll.
The club issued a statement explaining the situation as they begin the search for a new manager.
The statement read: ‘After six-and-a-half years we confirm that Matt Parr has stepped down as manager of the first team.
‘Matt has recently started a new job which has meant his presence at training and games during pre-season has been limited, it became clear last week that this was likely to continue and he felt he had no other option in the best interests of the club other than to step down.
‘The club would like to thank Matt for all his hard work and dedication in trying to make his home-town club a force in the Sydenhams League while working within tight financial controls, we wish him well for the future.
‘In the short-term, Shaun Coles and Howard Dove will be in control of team matters.
‘As you will be aware we have a busy early-season programme, thus we do not intend to prolong any period of uncertainty and are aiming to appoint Matt’s successor within the next few weeks.’
The timing of his departure is not ideal as the Reds attempt to improve in what is likely to be one of the strongest Wessex line-ups for many a year.
Fareham start their season with a difficult trip to Hamworthy United on Saturday.