STOCKPORT County manager Neil Young has announced his resignation with immediate effect.
The former Chester boss – who only joined the club in the summer – leaves County 13 points adrift of the Vanarama National League North play-offs.
His resignation comes after the Hatters lost 1-0 at home to bottom-club Telford United on Saturday.
@SCFCmedia Neil has done the honourable thing in resigning. We cannot afford to remain at this level. Please, god, appoint the right guy!
— John Campbell (@stockportjr) January 12, 2016
In a statement on the club website Young said: “I’ve worked tirelessly since arriving at the club towards the end of May and although after a good start, recent results have not been good enough, I do believe on numerous occasions misfortune has played its part.
“I have another full time job and a young family and after those recent results and in particular Saturday’s it has really taken its toll, so I’ve decided to step down with immediate effect.
“I am extremely proud to have been able to manage two of the biggest clubs in non league football in my managerial career and may now look at a different role within football. I believe I am leaving Stockport County with a strong squad of players and in a better place off the field.
“I would like to thank all of my players, my staff who’s commitment to me has been unbelievable and the very kind people who work very hard within the football club for their generosity towards me. Finally I would like to wish all our supporters and everybody at the football club all the very best for the future.”
After picking up maximum points from their first three games of the season, County have slipped to ninth place and crashed out of the FA Cup and FA Trophy at the first hurdle.
They have only won one of their last 12 games in all competitions and haven’t won at home since October 24, when they beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-0.
Coaches Gary Jones, Alex Hay and Carl Garner have all left the club with Young.
The club added that the Board of Directors plan to announce Young’s replacement shortly.
The new manager’s first game could be against fifth-placed Nuneaton Town at Edgeley Park on Saturday.
By Callum Matthews and Adam Higgins
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