Long-serving East Thurrock United manager John Coventry is to step down at the end of the season.

Coventry has been at the helm since October 2007, with his tenure including three seasons in the National League South (the first at that level for the Rocks), their first two appearances in the first round proper of the FA Cup, and their first Essex Senior Cup final appearance (and win).

The club explain: “John has made his decision public at this time to enable the club owners and their advisors sufficient time to seek and appoint a new manager and club management team in readiness for the start of the 2020/21 season. For the record, we should first confirm that there is no acrimony involved in John leaving.

“John has stated his willingness to fully co-operate with the owners to ensure a smooth transition to the new management.”