Carl Macauley says his proudest achievement as Vauxhall Motors boss was developing players and seeing them progress through the leagues.
Macauley left Rivacre Park last week to become assistant manager at Skrill Premier neighbours Chester FC.
His decision followed the announcement that Motors plan to drop down to the West Cheshire League at the end of the season.
Macauley said: “I certainly had some good times and for me it was about developing players and that's what we were able to do.
“It was difficult and our main focus was to stay in the Conference North. That’s what it was about but once we had done that we looked to kick on.
“We had the likes of Paul Taylor, who is playing in the Championship now, and Steve McNulty, who is doing very well with Luton, and that was very pleasing for me and my staff.”
Assistant manager Anthony Wright and coach Gary Martindale have been put in charge for the rest of the season.
A number of key players have left Motors since the club announced it was leaving the non-league pyramid with Shaun Tuck moving to Warrington Town and Aaron Rey joining Marine.
Macauley has backed Wright and Martindale as the right men to guide the club through the remainder of the campaign.
He said: “They both work on the same beliefs as me and I have got no doubt that they will give everything for the rest of the season.
“The club is facing some difficult times because some of the non-contract players have left straight away after other clubs came in but those players have got to look after themselves too because they are going to be without a club in the summer.”