MICK Woodham has opened his heart on the decision to resign as manager at Windsor just four weeks before the start to the new season.

Woodham took over as manager in 2012 and won the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy with Windsor in 2014 and 2015, before reaching the quarter-finals in the FA Vase last season.

He had been planning for the new campaign but he has stepped down admitting his relationship with Chairman Kevin Stott has broken down.

Woodham explained to the Observer: "You will not get many better clubs at this level than Windsor and it was the dream job for me but, for my own sanity and the people close to me as well, it was for the best.

"I can no longer tolerate the Chairman and don't want to work for him.

"The club is fantastic with great support from the players and fans, and I will miss that, but I can't continue to work in this environment any more.

"These are not few situations, they've been about before, and we've found a way to deal with them, but I don't want to do that any more.

"The effort and sacrifices I was making, which you have to do in order to be successful, were not worth it for the small reward I was getting.

"I'm really disappointed because it's a fantastic club but I've got to get over it. I just need to be left alone to sulk for a while.

"The breakdown in the relationship is the crux of the matter and that all leads back to one person. I just don't want to work for him any more and need a change.

"To get a clear picture and understanding you need both sides of the story and I hope he will do that. I do hope the Chairman will come out and give his side and I look forward to that.

"I want to work in football again and just want to move on, but I'm so pleased I can walk away with a bit of dignity, with my head held high and not lose any sleep.

"I am ready to go again and will not be waiting too long I hope."

Looking back on his time at Stag Meadow, Woodham said: "I've been here for seven years and had a fantastic time with real great support and I will never forget that.

"I got a bunch of players together and had great success with the two Trophy wins.

"We had a couple of sticky seasons in between when we had to rebuild, but the partnership with Ashley Smith has been the best decision I made. That has been a real positive for me.

"Ashley has been fantastic and I'm sure we will work together again, but I feel I've got to move on.

"We did not cross the line and win anything but, when you look at our Vase run, we had a fantastic season. We had some great times and I will never forget the win at Eastbourne in particular.

"We had some great times and more success than failure. You don't stay at one club for seven years if you've failed."

The Observer understands the Smith will take charge of the first team for the first four pre-season friendlies at least, before he takes a squad of young players to the World Youth Cup in Sweden.

Windsor Chairman Stott is unavailable for comment at this time.

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