Paul Doswell has resigned as manager of Sutton United after 11 years in charge.
Doswell had decided to take a break from his position a month ago, intending to return for next season, but he has now decided that he is unable to continue due to the time and distance involved in travelling from his home in Winchester. He told the club’s website: ”I’ve taken the hardest decision in my life to leave Sutton United at this time and it’s been extremely difficult to make, but ultimately after 11 years of travelling two hours there and back, sometimes four times a week, it’s become impossible for me to keep going.
“It’s been the most incredible journey and one I have put my heart and soul into. Why the club became such a huge part of my life was simply down to a magnificent chairman, board of directors and the numerous quite brilliant volunteers and supporters that help make this most unique club what it is.
“Its core values, and everyone working together, and no one person is more important than any other, is something I’ve never seen at any other football club.”
Doswell took over after the club had been relegated from the National League South, later leading Sutton to two championships and the highest league placing in their history (3rd in the National League in 2017/18). There was also the run to the FA Cup fifth round during the previous campaign, which saw the club knock out Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United before a last-16 clash at home to Arsenal.