Ashford Town (Middlesex) have announced that manager Russell Canderton has decided to step down from his position immediately.

The club’s long-serving former captain is set to join the board of directors, which the club say is ‘fantastic news, and wholly welcomed by everyone involved with the running of the club.’

The Tangerines, who were 17th in the Isthmian South Central Division before the season suspension and subsequent cancellation, have said: “After a very difficult summer, Russell has done a fantastic job re-building the team pretty much from scratch after 90% of the team decided to leave. Along with Steve Honey, Liam Balmer and Adam Frailing, he has engendered a fantastic spirit within the squad that in the end saw us pulling clear from any prospect of relegation.

“Huge thanks to Russell for this and all of his hard work and commitment throughout the season. It is important that we also thank the players who stuck by to support Russell and his coaching team throughout this transition period.

“We hope that these players once again decide to stay and support the new management team, which will be announced in the coming days.”

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