HONITON Town must begin the search for a new manager just 14 matche into their debut season in the South West Peninsula league. ‘The Hippos’ currently sit 13th in the 17-team Division One East as the news was announced yesterday that Paul Ashford would be stepping down as manager.
A startment on the club’s website read: “Paul Ashford has resigned from his role as first team manager at Honiton Town Football Club with immediate effect. The Club will be inviting applicants for the position of first team manager, these are to be forwarded to Roger [Doble, Club Chairman] and will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“Honiton Town Football Club would like to thank Paul for his endeavours and will be working hard to find his replacement.”
In a comment through the club’s social media page Ashford said: “I would just like to explain the reason I have stepped down as 1st team manager. I took this role as my hobby and realised you should be enjoying it, and I found it wasn’t fulfilling that. I would just like to wish every success to the future of the club and its players.”
The Honiton first team, who have no fixture on Saturday, have played a total of 17 matches so far this season, winning five and drawing three and have progressed to the last 16 of the Devon Premier Cup.