Vanarama National League club Eastleigh have announced that they have parted company with manager Chris Todd.

The Spitfires released a statement on Wednesday morning confirmed that, after discussions with Todd, they had decided to relieve him of his duties.

The statement in full read:

“Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that following a conversation with Chris Todd he has been relieved of his duties as First Team Manager.

We would like to thank Chris for all his efforts both as manager and player, He has been a great servant to Eastleigh Football Club in what has been a hugely successful period.

The Club will now begin its search for his replacement and are hopeful of making an announcement by the weekend”

Todd released a statement on the club’s website expressing his thanks towards the club and the supporters for their backing.

It read “This is a disappointing time not only for myself but also my family. We are also a team and have been through much worse than losing my position as manager. We will bounce back again and look to the future with a positive attitude and a committed response to this setback.

I would like to thank all players and staff past and present. Your help in developing me in management has been beneficial more than you probably realise.

To Spitfire fans many thanks. I hope you remember the good times we had. You to have been instrumental in my learning curve.

Can I thank Stewart Donald for firstly giving me the opportunity and also backing me throughout my time as manager. I have relished my time in charge of this very ambitious club and the challenges it has brought.

I thank you all and I look forward to what the future brings.

Many Thanks

Chris Todd”

Todd initially joined the Spitfires in January 2013, signing an eighteen month playing contract.

He moved into a managerial role with the club in October 2015 and led them to a seventh place finish in the National League, as well a run to the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Eastleigh went into the 2016/17 season as one of the fancied sides in the National League but after one win in their opening four games, culminating in Tuesday night’s 4-2 home defeat against Dover Athletic, they have now parted company with Todd.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)


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