Moneyfields are on the hunt for a new manager after Miles Rutherford resigned.
The long-serving Moneys boss has been at the club for more than 12 years but informed club officials he had decided to quit.
It’s been a disappointing start to the season with six defeats in 12 games so far as the club have struggled to build on last term’s impressive fourth-place finish.
But club secretary Wayne Dalton believes Rutherford’s decision was not down to recent results after failing in his attempts to persuade him to stay.
Dalton said: ‘He decided enough was enough for him and he wanted to leave.
‘We haven’t sacked him and we tried to talk him into staying but he felt it was the right time to go.
‘I spoke to him for half an hour to see if there was anything we could do.
‘But he had made his decision.
‘It’s not results but he felt it was as far as he could take the squad and he couldn’t progress.
‘With his son Alfie playing at Bognor now, he wants to watch him progress and I think that was in his mind as well.
‘I’m disappointed. I had a close bond with Miles and it will be very strange not having him on the phone every day.’
Moneys have yet to appoint a caretaker manager and will take their time in finding a replacement at Dover Road.
Dalton said: ‘We haven’t had the discussion yet on who will take over in the short term.
‘People like Pete Seiden and myself will all help out until we make a permanent appointment.
‘We won’t rush into an appointment.’