Matthews resigns as Storrington manager
Peter Matthews has resigned as manager of Storrington Football Club.
Matthews took charge of Swans last summer and admits it was a tough task to walk away.
Storrington finished fourth in Southern Combination League Division last season and they were in the promotion hunt all season, finishing just two points behind third-placed Oakwood.
After handing in his notice, Matthews admits the only reason behind his resignation was an increased workload.
Matthews is a joint partner in the recently re-opened Arun Sports Arena and his full focus is being put into that at present.
He said: “It was with great reluctance that I decided to step down. It’s been a tricky few months for me with the opening of the Arun Sports Arena.
“My full focus is on that at present and I just felt it was not possible for me to return to Storrington for the new season as well.
“I’m certain that if this had not come up I would have stayed but business has to come first for me.”
Following his departure, Matthews is hopeful the vast majority of last season’s squad will remain with Storrington.
He said: “There was a view of someone taking on a brief role while I found my feet but I just didn’t think that would have been right for me or the club.
“Hopefully they can keep the vast majority of the team together and, with a couple of fresh faces, I think they could do well next season.”
Storrington chairman Nigel Dyer admits it was a decision noone at the club wanted.
He said: “It’s a real shame to see Pete go, He did a really good job here last season and the hope was to build on that.
“We’ve been in contact and it was not a decision neither the club or he wanted to make but he has other commitments and that has to come first.”
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