Adam Hinshelwood shocked Selsey by resigning as manager for the second time – then admitted: I took them as far as I could.
The former Brighton, Aldershot and Wycombe defender left the High Street Ground a year into his second spell as manager.
He had managed Selsey in 2011-12 before leaving to become assistant boss at Burgess Hill, but returned to Selsey last season after deciding he didn’t want to play second fiddle.
The Blues were doing reasonably well under his management but are now looking for their fifth different manager in the four years since long-term boss Danny Hinshelwood left.
Six have applied for the post and Selsey expect to appoint a new boss within a week.
Despite a few poor results, Adam Hinshelwood had managed to guide his team to an impressive eighth place in division one of the Sussex League.
They had been in the top six at one stage. But he believed he could progress no more and blamed a number of factors for recent poor performances.
He told the Observer: “It was a number of things really. We’d had some bad results in the last few weeks and some of that was down to the fact there wasn’t enough commitment from the players.
“We were getting seven, eight or nine players turning up to training and when you’ve got numbers like that you can’t work as a team and prepare as much as I would have liked to.
“There were some games were I felt we were going into off the cuff a bit, and the players were out there not knowing their roles and responsibilities, it was frustrating.
“But it’s difficult for them as well because it is a big commitment and we were asking them to give up a lot of their weekends and Tuesdays.
“I’ve got no hard feelings towards any of the players or the chairman and I’ve texted them all thanking them for all their support.”
Despite the reasoning, many people will question Hinshelwood’s decision to quit considering what has been regarded as a successful campaign for Selsey so far.
Although the Blues had lost their previous two games, Selsey still sit in the top half in the league with much of the season still to play.
Hinshelwood said: “I feel like I’ve taken the club as far as I can go and I know I’m leaving the club in a good position.
“We’ve done things to the facilities like the changing rooms and improved other things like that and we’ve also bought in some good players too. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved there.
“I’m looking forward to a fresh challenge now and I’m really keen to carry on with the management side of things – it’s been a great experience for me.”
The Blues are now in the search for a new manager ahead of their league clash at home to 15th-placed Shoreham this weekend.
Hinshelwood added: “I just want to say a massive thank-you to everyone at the club and Dave (Lee) for giving me my first opportunity into management.
“I really wish the fans and everyone at the club all the best for the future.” Selsey said it was with reluctantance that they accepted Hinshelwood’s resignation.
A club statement said: “Adam has advised the club he is stepping down from the position because of recent poor results, a lack of commitment from players and personal reasons.
“He advised the chairman he felt it to be the right decision and has resigned with immediate effect. He wishes the club all the best for the remainder of the season and in the future.”
Applications are being invited for the vacancy. Anybody interested should contact the chairman c/o 72 St Peters Crescent, Selsey, PO20 0NP, on 07867 508223 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee said: “We have had six applications and we’re closing that now. We’ll sort out interviews and would hope to appoint by the middle of next week.
“Whoever gets the job will have a good squad to work with.”