Portland United FC boss Gary Bailey to leave title winners

Portland United FC boss Gary Bailey to leave title winners

Published at 5:09pm 5th May 2017. (Updated at 5:23pm 5th May 2017)

Portland United boss Gary Bailey has stood down as manager of the Blues.

Portland United boss Gary Bailey has stood down as manager of the Blues.

His decision comes after a meeting with the club yesterday.

United were crowned winners of the Wessex League Premier at the end of last month, just a year after being promoted to the division.

Bailey issued the following statement on Portland United's official club website.

I have made the difficult decision to stand down from my position as 1st Team Manager of Portland Utd FC.

It was a decision not taken lightly but I feel I have taken the side as far as I can and on the back of such a fantastic season the time is right for me to step away. It's not very often in football you get the opportunity leave a position on a high note but after 4 years in charge we have been League Champions three times and runners up on the other occasion.

Securing two promotions and to win the Wessex Premier League at the first time of asking back at that level was the pinnacle of my time as Manager at the club.

Once the dust had settled after such an exciting climax to the season I gave myself some thinking time and after much soul searching the decision to leave feels the right one. Juggling work commitments with football was becoming increasingly challenging and managing Portland Utd FC is a job that requires 100% commitment and giving it less than that was never an option for me.

I know I will miss it but I've had a fantastic 4 seasons in the hot seat and would like to thank Robin Satherley as Chairman and all of the committee for giving me the opportunity at the club and for their full support and hard work during my time in charge.

Also all those who have worked with me in the backroom team have been as much a part of the success as I have and I thank them for that.

Last but certainly not least the players who have played for me, especially those who have been there for the whole journey from DPL to where we are now have been fantastic and have given me their all during my time as Manager which is all I could of asked of them.

I'm looking forward to a relaxing, stress free summer which is something I haven't had for as long as I can remember. Portland Utd will always remain close to me and their results will be the first one I look for when the season starts again.

When I look back on how far the club has come during my time as Manager it's something I'm very proud to have been part of and I wish everyone connected with the club continued success in taking the club forward.