Tuffley Rovers will begin the search for a new manager, after Warren Evans stood down, following Saturday’s defeat at Binfield.

The defeat left Rovers deep in relegation trouble but Evans has been forced to stand down due to increasing work commitments and family issues that have meant he has been unable to fully commit to the role for the remainder of the season.

“With some recent developments, I am simply finding it increasingly difficult to commit to the role in the way I feel I would like to and there was a real chance that I would be unable to attend midweek fixtures in coming weeks, at what will be a vital time for the club”, Evans said.

Club Chairman, Neil Brinkworth, said “We are incredibly grateful to Warren for his services over the past two seasons. He helped us achieve our goal of returning to the Hellenic League Premier Division and we’ve had some terrific memories, including our return to playing in the FA Vase and FA Cup.

We’ve had some moments to savour since his appointment and, although we totally understand the need for him to now stand down, the committee members are incredibly thankful for his contribution to our achievements.”

Evans is confident that he will remain involved with a Hellenic League Premier Division club, despite the current struggles. “I’m likely to miss half of the remaining games, which isn’t the right way to manage a football club, at this level, so I have had to make a very difficult decision in the best interests of the club.

I’m confident the squad will survive relegation and we just need to secure a couple of wins against sides in our part of the league to probably make that a reality.”

Evans leaves the side in 18th place in the division, with 24 points from 26 games, following promotion last season. Next up our leaders Thatcham Town on Tuesday evening, before a clash against 17th placed Bracknell Town at Glevum Park on Saturday.

Source: www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/football

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