MIKE Marsh’s last act as Northwich Vics’ manager was to watch his side slip to a 2-1 home defeat but he has told The Chronicle that he wished he could have stayed.
Marsh’s decision to leave Vics was made before Saturday’s game after three players were told they were going to be released.
But the former Liverpool midfielder took charge of the team for the visit of Eastbourne Borough as a personal favour to club owner Jim Rushe.
Michael Byrne, Trevor Benjamin and Danny Williams are to be released – a decision which was the final straw for Marsh who at the same time was becoming increasingly frustrated at not being named permanent manager at the Marston’s Arena.
He said: “There are financial restrictions at the club and they wanted to reduce their wage bill by releasing players.
“I was not comfortable with releasing players and putting lads out of work.”
Marsh told Rushe he would be quitting after they met on Friday. And while Marsh is disappointed to be leaving Vics, who now lie third from bottom, he said that Rushe must appoint a manager soon or else their slide will continue.
He said: “I think Jim appreciated the job I did for him in what were difficult circumstances and I don’t think anyone could have done a better job.
“I am sad to leave but things have got to move on and I think Jim has to find a new manager if this football club are going to get out of trouble.”
“I would like to say thanks for all the support while I was at the club. All the people and the fans have been 100% behind me and I’d like to thank them for their backing.”
Vics host Burton Albion in the league on Saturday (3pm ko).
Vics were denied a point in Marsh’s last game in charge when Eastbourne substitute Allan Tait popped up with an 83rd-minute winner.
Aaron Burns had levelled for Vics early in the second half after Paul Armstrong had given the visitors the lead in a match watched by only 564 spectators.