Dunstable Town manager Tony McCool has announced his resignation from the Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central club.

The club are currently five points above the relegation zone in the table after 22 games, but McCool has opted to step down for reasons he has detailed in a statement posted on his personal blog. The statement begins:

“It is with regret and a heavy heart that I will be resigning from my role at Dunstable Town Football Club. I have had to make this tough decision due to a number of reasons which I believe it’s only fair to explain. Before that, I want to thank the committee. In truth I think they are battling a thankless task and working so hard, but without question there is a toxic undercurrent trying to destabilise the club and that is not fair considering if it wasn’t for their hard work and for some, personal investment there would have been no football club.

“Recently I have had to listen to ridiculous unrealistic comments and views where people consider the club to be like it was, and don’t understand how close to the brink it was/is and the long term strategy along with the short term challenges. The club is too small and in too much danger for all people not to be pulling in the same direction and I personally don’t deserve to be treated like that when things are so glaringly obvious and my family certainly don’t deserve to receive cheap childish naïve underhanded threats. My wife was critically ill and is still in recovery. Next week we are back in London for more surgery and she needs me to be fully happy and supportive in order to focus on helping her fully recover. I can only do that if I’m well as well.”

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