Simon Olorenshaw insists that there was no boardroom fallout that led to his resignation as chairman of Chester FC.
Olorenshaw stepped down from his role as chairman of City Fans United (CFU), the supporters group that owns the Blues, on Tuesday, citing work commitments as the motivating factor behind his decision.
His decision brought to an end an 11-month stint at the helm after he succeeded Grenville Millington in December 2015, and leaves Chester searching for their fifth chairman in six years.
Olorenshaw, who holds a senior management position within Merseyrail, admits he agonised over making the call to end his tenure but says that the club is in good hands.
“There has been no fallout or infighting or anything like that, it is purely to do with growing work commitments,” said the former Blues chairman.
“Work has been building up in recent weeks and last week a couple of projects were moving forward which meant that the time I would be able to devote to Chester would be affected. They are projects of two to four years so it wasn’t like they are a short-term thing.
“I am an all-or-nothing person. I didn’t want to do something half-hearted and always want to give my all. That’s why I couldn’t continue.
“It was a really tough decision to make and one that I gave a lot of thought and made with a heavy heart.
“With increasing work commitments, family life and also being chairman of a football club, something had to give. I will really miss it.
“I have enjoyed immensely serving as chairman and I’d like to think I’ve done a good job in helping move us forward and move forward and organise.
“The club is in safe hands with the current board, though. We have a very strong board so it’s not going to be a rough transition.”
CFU vice-chairman Jonny Hughes has stepped in as interim chairman until a successor is named, with the item top of the agenda at the next board meeting.
But whoever comes in, Olorenshaw believes they have to have the energy, drive and most of all time to make sure the club continues its upward trajectory and closes the gap on the bigger sides in the National League so that the dream of a spot in the Football League can one day become a reality.
“It has got to be someone who has the time as it is a job that requires a lot of attention,” said Olorenshaw, who was the fourth CFU chairman after Millington, Tony Durkin and Chris Pilsbury.
“It’s about supporting what others are doing. I always tried to be supportive as I could be and to make sure that we were organised and had a clear plan of where we want to go.
“We have a superb management team in Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps and they have repaid the faith shown in them with what they are doing. Things are bright.”