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FOOTBALL: FA Cup defeat the final straw as Didcot boss Wallbridge quits
7:50pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
Andy Wallbridge insists his resignation after just five months as Didcot Town manager was not just down to the side’s bad run of results, writes Matthew Bruce.
Wallbridge resigned on Sunday, the day after the Railwaymen’s 1-0 defeat at home to fellow Calor League Division 1 South & West side Shortwood United in the FA Cup third qualifying round.
He leaves the side struggling at the foot of the table, having last week exited the FA Carlsberg Trophy with a disastrous 7-1 replay defeat against Cirencester Town Wallbridge enjoyed just four wins as Didcot boss, but insisted that his decision was not solely due to his side’s poor form.
“It’s mainly for personal reasons,” said Wallbridge.
“I need to spend more time with my wife and son because I’ve been neglecting my family, which is a sacrifice you can make if you’re enjoying it, but I’m not at the moment.
“I felt that I wasn’t able to give it 100 per cent of my time and it just didn’t feel right.
“So I thought it was better to leave now to give them time to find someone else who can turn things around.”
Wallbridge warned that his successor will have a very difficult job on his hands.
He said: “Players who I thought would strengthen us, all wanted more money than the club could afford.
“Unless there are some better players brought in, it’s going to be very hard because there are some young lads, who need time to adjust to that level of football.
“That’s why I walked out now, because I couldn’t attract the players of quality who could commit to the club.
“I knew I needed better players and I couldn’t do it.”
The decision was a shock to Didcot chairman John Bailey.
“The club was backing Andy 100 per cent,” he said.
“Obviously results hadn’t gone as we would have wanted, but we all had confidence that we could turn it around.
“The committee have to decide where we go next, but we have one or two candidates in mind.
“The budget is what it is and the new manager will have to work within that – I think it’s strong enough for this level.”
Coach Paul Davis took charge for Monday’s Red Insure Cup game at Hunger-ford Town, which Didcot lost 3-1, after conceding two goals in the last three minutes. John Mills netted for Didcot.