Adam Knight admits a lack of old-fashioned player commitment is one of the reasons for his impending departure from Woodford United.
The boss will call time on his stay at Byfield Road at the end of the season.
Knight arrived at Woodford last summer and has since lifted the club out of the doldrums after the previous year’s catastrophic UCL Division One campaign.
Woodford lost 41 of their 42 league games last time round, with their goal difference reading minus 200.
Under Knight, the Reds have won 11 of their 28 division one games this season.
But he has recently grown tired of exuses from players, with one using his cat trapping its tail in the shower as a reason to miss a game, and another feigning injury to secure a weekend of partying rather than playing for the Reds.
“It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” said Knight. “When you build a team from nothing you sign a few risk players and a few let me down.
“The mentality is not the same as when I played and some of the lads we’ve had here have not got the same commitment I have.
“I have my family to think about and working long weeks as well as managing has been difficult, especially as I travel from Market Harborough.
“The lads I’ve got left here are spot on and I’ve got a really great assistant in Simon Howard, but I just felt it was right for me to move on and I had a good chat with the chairman (Andy Worrall) about it. I’m over the moon with what we’ve done. The team is stabilised and it’s perfect for someone to come in and kick on.”
Knight, who is set to return to play at Brixworth All Saints next season, has recently added Dan Stewart to his staff.
And he feels the former Long Buckby boss would be a good fit to replace him.
“I know Dan would be interested and hopefully he’ll get a chance,” said Knight. “I’m proud of what’s been achieved and there’s no reason why Woodford can’t kick on next season.”
Woodford, who lost 3-0 at Thrapston on Saturday, are without a game this weekend.