Ottery St Mary Football Club’s first team manager has resigned from the role after five years – saying ‘the time is right for a change’.
Dave Fairweather said he feels the ‘incredibly difficult’ decision is for the best for both himself and the Washbrook Meadows outfit.
The club made the announcement ‘with regret’ last night (Tuesday, January 14) – thanking its former boss for his ‘significant contribution’ and ‘focussed dedication’.
It will announce its recruitment plans in the near future.
Dave, who had coached at the club for seven years, said: “After much consideration, I feel the time is right for a change for both the club and myself.
“It has been an incredibly difficult decision. I’ve enjoyed my time at the club immensely.
“I wish the club, chairman and players all the very best.
“Ottery is my hometown club and I will be delighted to see it continue to climb the football pyramid. I am very proud that I have been able to help the club to do that.”
In a club statement, chairman Mike Ringer said: “It is with regret that Ottery St Mary AFC announces the resignation of first team manager David Fairweather.
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Dave for the significant contribution he has made to the club, both on and off the field.
“During his five -year tenure as first team manager, Dave has worked tirelessly to initially maintain, and then improve, all football-related activities at the club.
“This effort provided the platform from which the club secured Step Seven football in last year’s restructure of the league system, along with being instrumental in building the men’s section – incorporating a development team as well as an under-18s team.
“His focussed dedication to the club is now part of the club’s rich history and we will be forever grateful for his contribution.
“The club’s recruitment process will be announced shortly.”
Dave won the Golsworthy Cup in 2016 and oversaw a reformed first team climb up the Devon and Exeter Football League from division six to three.
The Washbrook Meadows outfit was last year selected to be part of the South and West Division of the brand-new Devon Football League (DFL).
At Step Seven of the game, it meant the Otters had secured a place back on the national league football pyramid.
The men’s first team currently sit 15th in the table– but with a number of games in hand on the sides around them.
A recent run of good form saw the side suffer one defeat in four games, notching two victories and a draw.