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FOOTBALL: Wallbridge quits as Didcot boss
10:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Non League
Andy Wallbridge has resigned as manager of Didcot Town less than five months after being appointed to the role, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.
His exit comes with the Railwaymen struggling at the foot of the Calor League Division 1 South & West table.
Wallbridge enjoyed just four wins as Didcot boss, but insisted that his decision was not solely due to the club’s poor form.
“It’s mainly for personal reasons,” he said. “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.”
But Wallbridge warned that his successor will have a very difficult job on his hands.
He said: “Speaking to players who I thought would strengthen us, they 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 there at the moment and they 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 came as a surprise to Didcot chairman John Bailey, who admitted his disappointment at Wallbridge’s resignation.
“The club was backing Andy 100 per cent,” said Bailey.
“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 get together and decide where we go next. We have one or two candidates in mind, but we still have to decide whether to approach one of them or advertise the position.
“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 and I think the team we have are good enough.”
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