Phil Mason admits he is sad to see his hard work go to waste after Woodford United’s relegation from step four was confirmed on Tuesday night.
The Reds fell to a 5-2 defeat at home to North Greenford United, their 37th defeat in as many Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central games this season.
The club, run by chairman Andy Worrall, must now prepare for life at step five, most likely in the UCL Premier Division.
And Mason, who spent 10 years at Byfield Road before being sacked via email four games into the current campaign, admits he is finding the current situation tough to take.
“It’s really sad after all the hard work I put into it,” said the former Reds boss. “I don’t think the chairman’s that bothered because they can’t afford to pay the wages.
“The team we had when I was there was too good for the club and it makes you wonder why they bothered getting to that level in the first place.
“It all seems a bit of a waste and there’s been no ambition shown at all.
“I can’t see the thoughts on it and I think they could have done it differently.
“I put a decade of my life in there and to see them not even get a point is not nice. They are in freefall.”
Woodford are back in action on Saturday when they entertain promotion-cashing Burnham at Byfield Road (ko 3pm).