Price explains reasons for quitting Pagham

Pagham manager John Price  C120344-5 Photo by Louise Adams
Pagham manager John Price C120344-5 Photo by Louise Adams
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JOHN Price has revealed increased work commitments were the reasons forcing him to quit his role as first-team manager of Pagham.

He stepped down as Lions’ boss last week – a month shy of two years after he took the helm at Nyetimber Lane.

Price joined the club as coach four years ago and stepped up to take on the first team in April 2012 and led them to a fifth-placed finish in county league division one in his first full season in the role.

But increased personal and work demands have left Price unable to give the role the full attention it requires, and led him to tender his resignation.

He said: “It’s work pressures and personal pressures really, as I have changed jobs within the past year and I have quite a big job on at the moment and it’s taking up more and more of my time.

“It’s been difficult juggling both and we’re coming up into the end of the season where we’ll be playing three games a week and it would become harder and harder. I didn’t feel it was fair to stay on if I couldn’t give the job 100 per cent which is what it deserves.

“It was impacting on my work and personal life – and as much as I love football, it does not pay the bills.

“Every minute of my time was being taken up and something had to give. It’s a shame as I have nothing against anyone at Pagham – we’ve parted on good terms.”

The former Bognor defender, who joined as a coach when Carl Stabler took over as manager, admitted he couldn’t even see himself taking a smaller coaching role anywhere this season.

He has not ruled out a return to the game next season and said he hadn’t had a Saturday away from the sport since he was in his teens.

“I’ll see where I am at the summer,” he added. “I am sure I’m going to miss it as I’ve always been involved in one way or another, but we’ll see.”

A Pagham statement said: “The committee, fans and players would like to put on record a huge debt of thanks for John’s hard work.”

OLLIE BERRY