Gloucester City AFC have announced the resignation of Tim Harris as first-team manager.

The Vanarama National League South side say that despite multiple conversations where they have worked to keep Harris within the club, the announcement comes during a difficult period of restructure, combined with an on-field run where results have not gone as hoped.

Harris had the following to say:

“It’s with a heavy heart, that this morning I have resigned from Gloucester City Football Club. For those that know me, it’s a decision I’ve not taken lightly, and it’s been something I have wrestled with for at least the last six months.

“I came back nearly four years ago, I have worked tirelessly with many good volunteers that shared my passion for the club, we’ve tried to hold the club together whilst maintaining our league status in a very professional league. At the end of last season, I expressed my concern publicly that the club could not continue without changing the structure and it shouldn’t keep relying on the goodwill of people that put in the endless hours a week that it takes to run a club at this level.

“Recently, I surpassed 300 games managing this club, a record that I am proud of, though there is no doubt the club needs to change. To say we have been punching above our weight is a massive understatement and the club needs some investment, some structure and business acumen if it is to maintain any hope of returning home at this level.

“We have lost a generation of supporters, it’s nearly 11 years since we played in our city, and many fans have become disillusioned during this time. I do feel for those supporters who travel away and away for home games.

“I sincerely hope they understand my position. I informed the players after training on Tuesday evening of my decision and I have said to them they must go out and show a high standard; nothing more would please me than to see them win the game against Eastbourne Borough this weekend.”

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