Banbury United boss Kevin Brock has quit following a bust-up over the club's finances.
The former Oxford United star, 44, has resigned following eight years at the helm after chairman Dave Bennett informed him that his playing budget would again be cut for next season.
The ex-Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers midfielder fought his corner, but with Bennett unwilling to back down, Brock handed in his notice.
"I had a meeting with the chairman and I wasn't happy with what was said," Brock said.
"So I thought it would be better to move on."
Brock has steered Banbury to their highest-ever league placing, winning two promotions during his spell at the club.
He admitted that he contemplated his future when his budget was cut before last season, but this latest news was the final straw.
"Since I've been here it's always been tough - always a bit of a scrap," he said.
"And I felt it was going to be very difficult next season.
"We had quite a few cutbacks last season and everyone stuck with it.
"No-one left the club and that was down to the players staying loyal to me and I'll always appreciate that.
"It would be stretching it a bit to ask them to do it again."
Brock joined Banbury in 1999 as a player, and took over as manager next year.
His appointment proved an immediate success, leading the club to promotion out of the Hellenic League Premier Division at the first attempt.
After a couple of seasons in the Dr Martens Eastern Division, Brock led Banbury to promotion via the play-offs into the Southern League Premier Division in 2003-4, where they are now firmly established.
Banbury have also won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup three times in the last four years.
"We did OK last season," he said.
"We finished halfway up the league, got to the semi-finals of the League Cup and won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.
"I think that was a good effort."
Brock said he had many highlights during his time at Spencer Stadium, but says he has no regrets.
"Winning the Hellenic League in the first season was a great achievement," he said.
"From that point it was always a bit of a struggle. We got stuck in the Dr Martens League and had to spend a lot of money getting the ground and pitch right.
"We then went up via the play-offs into the Premier Division and beat Oxford United in the Senior Cup.
"We have established ourselves in the last few years, but we have always been up against it financially.
"I really enjoyed my time at Banbury. What's happened is not great, but that's football."