Former Chinnor manager Ryan Davis has spoken out about what prompted the shock resignation of him and his assistant Gary Marshall last week.

“There hasn’t been a big falling out but in truth it has been brewing for a while now”, Davis (pictured) said. “Last season was always likely to be a transitional one but from the off I was trying to identify areas where we could improve on and off the pitch to be more competitive. Off the pitch it felt we were under resourced compared to other clubs – on a home matchday, it often felt like as a management team we were fighting fires, not able to focus fully on football. I don’t think it’s a coincidence most of our best results were away, when we could just concentrate on preparing properly.”

“I wanted to challenge the players to raise their standards this year but you can only do that if you’ve got your house in order off the pitch. The committee are taking a longer term view, which is their prerogative, but I felt at best we would be treading water this year and when you see similar clubs overtaking you, that’s frustrating and ultimately why I chose to leave.”

Of his own future plans, Davis remains open minded: “Nothing really prepares you for what management at this level entails – it’s stressful, hard work, and can keep you up at night but you love it despite all that. I’m enjoying the break but come August, you want to be at football on a Saturday, so I’ll be looking to get back involved in some capacity as soon as I can.”


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