Leon Ryan resigns as manager of Whitley Bay FC

Leon Ryan has resigned as manager of Whitley Bay FC.
Leon Ryan has resigned as manager of Whitley Bay FC.

After ten months in the job, Leon Ryan has resigned as manager of Whitley Bay FC.

His decision comes after Bay lost 4-2 at home to neighbours North Shields in a Northern League game at Hillheads on Tuesday evening.

Speaking after informing club chairman Paul McIlduff of his decision, Ryan said: “I went into the job knowing that it was a big commitment and was proud to accept it.

“I gave everything I could for the club but combined with the pressures of work, which involves travelling across the country every week, it has left me with insufficient time to devote to my young family.

“I gave everything I’d got for the club but I feel I now need time to recharge my batteries.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Whitley Bay Football Club for the support they’ve given me during my time here.

“They’re the best set of fans and best club that I’ve played for and I’ll still be coming along to support them when I can, maybe with my children.”

Ryan’s association with Whitley Bay FC goes back 11 years.

He made his debut in 2003 and spent two years at the club before moving to Durham City.

He returned in 2008 and picked up FA Vase winners medals in the following two seasons, captaining the side in their record breaking win over Wroxham at Wembley in 2010.

He then joined Spennymoor where he won the FA Vase again in 2013 before returning to Hillheads four months later.

In February of this year he was appointed manager following Ian Chandler’s resignation.

His first few months in charge saw a dramatic upturn in fortunes, with the club reaching the Northern League Cup Final at St James’ Park.

But things have not worked out for him this season, with only a mid-table placing and a Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final to show for his efforts.

He played a total of 208 games for Whitley Bay and scored 32 goals, including three this season as he combined his managerial duties with playing.