Neil Griffiths said his decision to step down as Buckingham Town manager and take a break from football was one of the hardest he’s ever made.
The Robins had a mixed 2013/14 campaign but ended the season third in the form table and 11th overall in United Counties League Division One. However, despite their strong finish, Griffiths has stepped down as manager due to personal reasons.
He said: “The decision to take a break from football is one of the hardest I’ve ever made.
“It was made a lot harder by our form at the end of the season, which saw us finish third in the league form table over the last nine games.
“However, after beginning my managerial career at 21, I feel that, nine years later, it’s time for a break. When you’re a manager it has to be your life, you need to dedicate everything to it. I have always tried to do that over the last nine seasons.
“As a result, seeing family in Bristol, catching up with friends and for all my sins watching Bristol Rovers have been neglected. I want to develop as a coach and recharge my batteries.”
From 2005/06 to 2008/09, Griffiths took Lavendon Sports from the Intermediate Division to the Premier Division in the North Bucks & District League before he led MK Wanderers to fifth in their first season in SSML Division Two.
He then moved to Division One side Olney Town in 2009, where, in his first season, he helped the club to their highest position in over 10 years.
Griffiths was appointed Buckingham manager in January last year and proceeded to take the club out of relegation trouble and up to 15th.
After a slow start this season, Town slowly found their feet and ended the season with four straight wins before Griffiths offered his resignation.
He added: “I will no doubt miss the touchline on a Saturday afternoon. The hardest thing will be the relationships you form. I genuinely have made some lifelong friends from football, although it gives me a chance to go and support them rather than hassling them to come to training!
“I genuinely feel privileged to of had the opportunities given to me and the talents I have been lucky enough to manage.
“The coaches that have given everything to me. The chairmen that have trusted me to manage their teams. I owe so much to everyone who has helped make the last 9 years so special.”