Morsley’s shock departure

MARK Morsley admitted he has no other club lined up after his shock resignation from AFC Sudbury.

MARK Morsley admitted he has no other club lined up after his shock resignation from AFC Sudbury.

The former Needham Market boss, who has guided AFC Sudbury to a Ryman League play-off final, a semi-final and a League Cup final, left King's Marsh Stadium after a dispute over the club's budget for next season.

Morsley has admitted he wanted more money, but the Sudbury directors were not going to budge.

“Two days ago I was happy to be Sudbury manager for next season and I have nowhere lined up to go,” he said.

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“I think the last few matches of the season proved I needed a bigger squad after we got injuries to the likes of Gareth Heath and Jamie Rowe. I wanted to keep those players and add a few more to strengthen, but it wasn't to be.

“The bottom line is, I knew where I wanted to go, but the board didn't back me.”

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AFC secretary David Webb said the club were disappointed to lose Morsley, but they had to put the club first.

“It's important Sudbury fans realise the budget wasn't being cut. But we weren't prepared to fund the extra amount Mark wanted,” he said. “There was nothing nasty about it. Mark put his cards on the table and we put ours.

“As a board of directors we have to do what is in the right interests of the club. I think the last six weeks or so of the season were unfortunate for Mark, with injuries to key players, and personally I'm disappointed it has come to this as I enjoyed working with him.”

Morsley meanwhile feels he hasn't made a knee-jerk decision.

“I haven't over-reacted,” Morsley added.

“My ambition is to be successful, wherever I manage, simple as that.

“I worked with Needham to get them up from the bottom of the First Division of the Ridgeons League to where Danny Laws has taken them now.”

And with reference to his imminent availability, he added: “I will work with any club, from whatever league, so long as they share the same ambition as me.”

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