Leiston have confirmed the resignation of manager Stuart Boardley.

The club say it is with ‘great regret’ that they see Boardley leave. Reserves boss Ian Cornforth has been named as the man to take the reins.

Boardley told the club’s website: “It is with great sadness and regret that I have decided to leave my position as manager as Leiston Football Club. I informed the Chairman Andy Crisp of my decision following the club’s defeat to Ware in the FA Cup last weekend but was asked to reconsider and give my decision some further thought whilst continuing to manage the team through this difficult period. I agreed to remain in charge for a short period whist the club considered their options further and put plans in place but confirmed my decision would not change.

“Firstly, I would like to thank Andy (Crisp), Peter (Mayhew) and the Financial Board members for giving me the opportunity and honour to manage this great Football Club. Secondly, the fans, who in the main, have been fantastic and stuck by the team and have understood the rebuilding process that needed to take place. Please get behind Ian now and understand that rebuilding takes time and will be a difficult and testing process. Lastly, I’d like to place on record my thanks to staff and players I have worked with, all of whom have been fantastic, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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