Coventry Sphinx manager Lee Knibbs has opted to step down.

The club have described it as a ‘shock departure,’ with chairman Dannie Cahill paying tribute to his efforts in a club statement that reads:

Lee informed the Committee of his intention to stand down following our game against Nuneaton Griff on Wednesday night. Everyone connected to the club are disappointed with his decision but at the same time totally respect his reasons why.
He deserves great credit in the way he went about his job, ensuring anybody who wears the sky blue and white does so with pride and respect. His father Willie would be so proud of what he has brought to the club to continue the ‘Knibbs family legacy,’ and to his son Lennon, we simply say your dad is a true inspiration, but we suspect he already knows that.

The team are currently 16th in the Midland Football League Premier Division, though have played fewer games (ten) than the rest of the league.