Tony Burman has explained his decision to step down as Dartford manager.

After more than 13 years in the role Burman resigned following the Darts’ play-off defeat at home to Braintree. He’s since been replaced by former players Jamie Coyle and Adam Flanagan.

Burman said: “It’s been a strange week and a sad week but it happens and you have to move on. It was going to happen one day and I felt it was the right time to let someone else take the helm.

“I had been considering things, whether we were going to go up or stay in the same league. I did want to go up and help change the club from part-time to semi-professional with three mornings and move the club in that direction.

“It’s something we’ve thought about for a while, especially if we did move into the top league. It was a challenge for me to make that happen and to also change the way the club was working.

“I’m sure it will happen for us one day. That’s what we’ve got to strive to do.”

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