Mike Cook says his departure from Gloucester City is purely down to a “clash of personalities” with joint chairman Alex Petheram.

Cook took over as manager in January led the Tigers away from relegation trouble in National League South last term.

They ended 17th and after switching to the North division for 2019/20, they lie 12th after 17 games, four points off the play-off places.

But the 51-year-old’s reign came to an abrupt end on Saturday as an issue he says has been brewing since the club’s exit from the FA Cup on October 7 came to a head.

“Our goals at the start of the season were to try and finish mid-table and hopefully get back to Meadow Park,” Cook said.

“We lost the replay to Whitby on a Monday night and Alex had a rant, which is fair enough as we’d been knocked out of the FA Cup.

“It would have been £12,000 (in prize money) for going through, which is handy for a club like Gloucester City, even if it was not budgeted for.

“But what upset me the most was him then phoning around the players over the next few days, asking them what he should do about my position as manager.”

Read more: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/im-devastated-didnt-chance-finish-3547133

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