Ipswich Wanderers former boss Shane Wardley on why he has left the Thurlow Nunn club
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Shane Wardley says he has no regrets about taking the Ipswich Wanderers job – even though he has walked away from it after just six games of the new season.
The former Cambridge United, AFC Sudbury and Leiston full-back, 37, took over at Humber Doucy Lane last May. But over the weekend, he handed in his resignation with Wanderers as they still look for their first Thurlow Nunn Premier League win of the season.
“It’s quite simply really,” Wardley said.
“I just wasn’t enjoying it. I haven’t been enjoying it this season and as I drove home last Thursday night I felt I didn’t want to carry on.
“It’s nothing about the club, Wanderers have been brilliant to me.
“Perhaps I have been expecting more from the players, perhaps I expect too much, I don’t know, but it has been frustrating and I decided to resign.
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“I know I have left Wanderers in the lurch a bit and I’m really grateful for the opportunity they gave me.
“But when your family life starts to be affected by it because it’s playing on my mind, then that’s no good.
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“It’s been a hard decision because I’ve only known playing football, or being involved in football, every Saturday during the season since was 16. This weekend is going to feel strange.”
Wardley and assistant Ian Cornforth have both left the Ipswich club with vice-chairman Louis Meers admitting the club is now open to applicants.
“We accepted Shane and Ian’s decision and we are disappointed,” he said.
“This was nothing to do with results, it was their decision and we would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment to the club during their time at Ipswich Wanderers, and we wish them the best in the future.”
Wanderers entertain Brantham tonight in a Premier Division fixture at Humber Doucy Lane, and are at home again this weekend with Wivenhoe Town the visitors.
Club captain Mark Goldfinch has been put in charge of the team until a replacement is found.
“I have no regrets about taking on the Wanderers job,” Wardley admitted.
“Yes, I still want to do management and coaching and we will leave it a week or two and see what happens. But it will have to be the right job.
“I wish Wanderers all the best for the rest of the season. I know they haven’t got off to a great start but I think they will be fine.”