Chandler quits Whitley Bay FC

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Former Whitley Bay Manager Ian Chandler has said his only option was to resign from the club, in a shock decision made on Wednesday night.

The Club announced Chandler’s decision through their official website, before releasing a full statement on Thursday where they thanked him for the fantastic service he had given to the club.

In a separate comment, Chandler said the decision happened rather quickly, and went on to praise those who have supported his reign at the club.

Chandler said: “There will be many people speculating to the reasons for my resignation, all I’ll say about that is it happened rather quickly and by shock last night, and it was a case of me having been put in to a situation where the only option was for me to call it a day.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the club for their support over the years with special mention to the fantastic fans, players, coaches, secretary and assistants who I have had the pleasure to meet and work with.

“I hope we have given the fans as many marvellous memories over the years, I can remember a couple, however, I know there’s many, many good memories that outweigh that one bad one, (Lowestoft away 4-0 if you are wondering about the bad one).

“I hope the club achieve what they are working towards and look forward to them progressing through the leagues as has always been their goal, I’ll be checking the results in the coming weeks & months, looking for more wins than loses.

“Thank you again, Chan”

Chandler was a fans favourite at Whitley Bay Football Club, and many have been left shocked by his decision to leave the club.

The statement released by Whitley Bay read: “We would like to thank Ian for the fantastic service that he has given both as player and manager over a period covering 25 years. 

“He scored 156 goals during a magnificent playing career that culminated in him scoring the goal that won the FA Vase in 2002. 

“During the past ten years, a period of unprecedented success, he led the Club to a record breaking three consecutive FA Vase triumphs at Wembley, an achievement that may never be equalled; as well as lifting the Northern League Championship and twice winning the Northumberland Senior Cup. 

“He will go down in the record books as the most successful manager in the Club’s history and there will always be a warm welcome for Ian and his family at Hillheads.

“Ian’s assistant Brian Rowe, is also leaving the Club and we would like to thank Brian for his excellent service to the Club over the years.

We would like to wish both Ian and Brian every success in the future.

“Looking ahead, the Club have appointed Leon Ryan as manager on a temporary basis and he will be assisted by Stephen Foster, who has recent experience with Spennymoor Town.”