BENNY Phillips has quit as boss of Witton Albion just three games into the season.
That those games all ended in defeat convinced Phillips his luck was out.
Philips said: 'I wasn't enjoying it any longer. For what I was putting into the job and what I was getting out it just wasn't worth it. I'd had enough.
'There have been so many frustrations, but I know when everyone is fit and with one experienced player then Witton have got a top-five side.
'I am going to take a break and see what comes along.'
Chairman Mike Worthington said: 'He was not under pressure and I was surprised, not just because he resigned but because within 24 hours we had to think of the North Ferriby match.
'Benny knew after 10 games we wanted to be 12th or above. Below that and something would have happened.'
Albion have already interviewed two applicants and the Chronicle understands John Davison, player-coach in the glory days under Stan Allan, is interested in the job. He has already won the UniBond First Division with Burscough.
But why did Phillips choose to leave now? Only four games ago, Witton were playing for a place in the UniBond League play-offs and six matches back beat Northwich in the Mid Cheshire Cup final.
Worthington said: 'Benny had worked hard during the summer to sign key players we knew we needed, but had failed for whatever reason.'
Phillips, a Witton player in the 1980s, arrived 22 months ago to succeed Eddie Bishop. He had done well at Mossley and missed out on the play-offs with Witton first time around. He got closer still last season and was determined to make high-quality additions this summer. He still had leeway on an increased budget for a major signing or two.
'Perhaps he aimed too high,' said Worthington. 'Certainly, as the season approached he was not his usual ebullient self and he admitted to me privately that he thought the team had not improved.'
Albion have no timescale to making an appointment. Senior players Brad Sandeman and Brian Pritchard remain in charge for Saturday's home FA Cup preliminary-round tie against Nelson.
A replay would be on Tuesday, otherwise Albion will be at Kendal that night.