Billy Irwin has stepped down as manager of EBAC Northern Premier League club Dunston UTS.
Irwin has spent nearly two decades with the club as a player, assistant manager and finally as manager.
It was during his time as manager that he led the club to their FA Vase Final win over league rivals West Auckland Town at Wembley in 2012.
The club finished in eleventh position in the Northern League table last season and after a promising summer of recruitment there were high hopes of an improved performance this season.
However, after winning only four of their fourteen league games so far, including losing all six of their home fixtures, Irwin has decided to step down from his role.
In an emotional statement released via the club Irwin admitted that he had “lost the drive and hunger that is needed for the job”.
The statement read “I am very sad to inform you that I have stepped down as manager of Dunston UTS. I have thought long and hard over the last few weeks about my decision to leave.
“I feel I have lost the drive and hunger that is needed for the job, and I believe that the club needs a fresh start, and a new character to take the club forward.
“I have been with the club for 19 years now, as a player, assistant manager and manager, and have had many highs as a player winning both league titles and cups, alongside great lads in great teams, before becoming assistant manager, then having the honour of being asked to become manager.
“The obvious highlight was leading the team out at Wembley and bringing the FA Vase home to Dunston in 2012 which will stay with me forever”.
Irwin went on thank a number of key figures at the club and wished his successor, who is yet to be named, the best of luck for the future.
Dunston UTS confirmed that work is already underway to appoint a new manager and say they will be making further announcements in the near future
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)