Lee Hughes revealed how conflicting feedback over Worcester City’s plans for next season had rubber stamped his decision to quit as joint-manager, report Worcester News.

Photo: Halesowen Town

The 41-year-old ex-West Bromwich Albion striker, who netted 15 goals in 23 appearances for City while in charge alongside John Snape this season, stood down from his first senior management post on Tuesday to join Halesowen Town in a playing capacity. The move came hours after chairman Anthony Hampson had told the Worcester News that City could be forced to go “fully amateur” as early as next season due to the need to finance a proposed new stadium at Parsonage Way.

Hughes explained the first he had heard of that possibility had been through the press with the differing accounts from board members in the aftermath proving decisive when Halesowen made an approach for his services. He insisted there had been “no hard feelings” over recent events but he “might have felt differently about taking over” had he known the club’s promotion ambitions could be put at risk.

“With the money situation, last year’s losses and finding out through the paper that we might not be getting a budget, I felt I needed to think about my own career,” said Hughes. “When Halesowen came in I thought it could help me moving forward, especially on the playing side.”

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