Gloucester City boss Chris Todd insists his decision to release popular midfielder Jamie Edge was not easy and nothing personal, report Gloucestershire Live.

Edge was the named the club’s player of the month in October and hit out at Todd on Twitter for telling him over the phone that he was no longer part of his plans.

“To be released via a phone call on a Sunday morning after all the hard work I have put in for the football club is something that I find an absolute disgrace,” wrote Edge, who joined Arsenal from Cheltenham for six-figure fee as a 15-year-old in 2009.

However, Todd has defended his decision and feels he needs to act quickly in making changes to the squad in order to arrest the Tigers’ slump.

“It’s football. It’s never an easy thing to do to release a player, it hurts the pride of the player being released and I get all that,” said Todd, who made over 200 appearances in the Football League for the likes of Swansea City, Exeter City and Torquay United.

“I’ve been there myself, it’s happened to me so I know what he feels like but it’s been blown out of proportion.”

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