Hungerford Town boss Bobby Wilkinson has resigned from the club with immediate effect.
He broke the news to players during the half-time team talk at Saturday’s 3-2 defeat away to Welling United, bringing his seven-year reign with the Crusaders to an end.
During that time Wilkinson has overseen Hungerford gain promotion to the National League South, with his side coming close to the play-offs last season.
Following Saturday’s match, Wilkinson said to the club’s website: “Win, lose or draw, I was resigning today, the result is irrelevant.
“I would like to thank the board, the players and all the supporters who have been with me for an amazing seven years.
“It’s been an unbelievable seven years here, but I have been thinking that my time was up a couple of weeks ago.
“I have made the decision to take a break and stand down and see what happens next. I want to make it clear that this isn’t a decision I have taken lightly, I have never quit before.”
Assistant manager Jamie Leacock and coach Mike Percival have also left the club.
Club chairman Ian Passey said: “It’s a bit of a bombshell to be honest, and now we need to move fast in time for our next game on Saturday against Gloucester City.
“I need to speak to the board and we will release something as soon as possible.”
Captain Matt Day added: “We are gutted, but we will stay together as a team.”