Braintree Town have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Hakan Hayrettin following their relegation from the Vanarama National League.

The Iron’s six-year stay in non-league football’s top flight came to an end when they were beaten by play-off semi-finalists Aldershot Town.

Following the defeat club chairman Lee Harding said “After a slow start to the season we’ve been playing catch up all season. Realistically, we gave ourselves too much to do. It would be easy to sanction spending money we do not have, but we all know where that takes clubs.

“Who’s fault is it? Ultimately the buck stops with the Board and work is already underway to turn our fortunes around. As a club we will learn from the past twelve months, but we must do better.”

Following talks between Hayrettin and the Iron board the two parties have mutally agreed to part company and the club will seek to appoint a new manager as they look to bounce back into the National League at the first attempt.

The former Wycombe Wanderers midfielder was appointed as Iron manager in September 2016 and guided the club to their best ever FA Cup run.

A 7-0 First Round proper win over Eastbourne Borough set up a Second Round clash at SkyBet League One promotion chasers Millwall.

The step-up in class was too much for Braintree as they put in a brave performance, but eventually exited the competition after a 5-2 defeat against the Lions.

They also matched their best ever run in the Buildbase FA Trophy, reaching the Third Round before being knocked out by Dulwich Hamlet.

After his departure was confirmed Hayrettin spoke to the club’s official website and said “We’re all disappointed how it finished up, but I’d like to thank everyone that helped me and I wish you all the very best for the future.”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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