Dave Bennett has stepped down as chairman of Vanarama National League club Dagenham & Redbridge.
Bennett informed yesterday`s Board meeting of his decision to step down from his position as chairman with immediate effect.
Bennett said: “Some time ago I decided that, for personal reasons that I would step aside at the end of last season. But then the possibility of outside investment into the club become a reality and I chose to remain in post whilst these discussions were ongoing, knowing that at the conclusion of the process my role would cease naturally.
“However, this process has taken longer than anyone expected, certainly me, but my original reasons are still there, but now added is an element of a possible conflict of interest given my involvement with one of the consortium bidding to invest into the club.
“I made my intention know to some within the club over a week ago but wishing for a smooth transition waited until our next Board meeting to formally step down.
“I will, for the time being, remain on the Board of Directors and work and do whatever I can to help the club move forward.
“I would like to thank all those that have helped and supported me over the last few years, especially my fellow Directors and it has been a real honour to have been chairman of such a great club.
“It is particularly pleasing to see our young team currently performing so well, and I really hope we can get affairs sorted out very quickly for the investment needed to maintain the current momentum.
“At this stage I do not really want to say anything else”.