Garry Haylock insists he departs Hayes & Yeading United on good terms with chairman Tony O’Driscoll after leaving the club on the brink of relegation.
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Bath City in the penultimate game of the Conference South season means that United will go down this weekend barring a mathematical miracle.
Even if Hayes & Yeading can beat Gosport in their final fixture, St Albans City’s vastly superior goal difference ensures only Havant & Waterlooville can now escape.
An inquest was held in the immediate aftermath of the Bath loss and Haylock and O’Driscoll both agreed a parting of ways was needed after a disappointing campaign.
Haylock said: “The last time I was there we had a lot of success but that took a while and a lot of hard work. I wasn’t going to be able to come in and just wave a magic wand and make it all better.
“I had a chat with Tony and we decided it was best to go our separate ways. Things didn’t go the way I had wanted and they hadn’t gone the way Tony wanted either. It was the natural thing to do.
“There is no individual responsibility except with me. I picked the players and put the team out so I have to accept responsibility. I did it with the council of my staff but I’d be stupid not to use them.
“It’s Tony’s club and he wants things done a certain way. We’ve parted on good terms. I’m sad to see the club relegated. I had one relegation as a player and now I’ve got one on my CV as a manager and it’s very disappointing.”
Chairman O’Driscoll will now start planning for life in either the Ryman Premier or Evo-Stick Southern Premier Divisions after waving goodbye to Haylock.
O’Driscoll says the pair had an open and honest discussion after relegation was effectively sealed and things a fresh start will suit all parties.
He added: “I had a chat with Garry after the game on Saturday when everybody had gone. We agreed that it wasn’t really working so we would part company mutually. Nobody fell out. We can get on with what we want to do and make a new start.
“I haven’t been 100 per cent happy with the formation we have been playing and that’s down to the manager. It’s different when you’re playing one up front and good football but we tended to play long-ball football with a smaller striker up top.”