The Board of the NZ Knights Football Club has on Monday accepted the surprise resignation of Manager John Adshead.
Chairman Anthony Lee said the approach from Adshead came out of the blue but after considered discussion over the weekend, the Board has reluctantly accepted the resignation with immediate effect.
Lee felt personally saddened at the news, with Adshead citing personal reasons as the motivating factor behind the decision to retire from football.
"This club has been through a great deal in its short existence but John has been through more," said Lee.
"He has stood steadfast through a difficult season and at all times has maintained his composure and acted with great dignity and honesty. Through all of this he has coped with a very personal issue in a public environment and again never complained or made a fuss. The club believed in John's ability to put right the mistakes of our first season and stand by our comments of some months ago backing him to lead us into the new season. Today we respect his decision to stand aside and wish him and his family well in his retirement."
No decision has been made with regards a replacement for Adshead but the Board and Management of the club will make it a priority over the next few weeks as planning continues for the new season.
The announcement will not affect the recruitment of players for the next Hyundai A-League season with Head Coach Paul Nevin continuing the work already begun in association with Adshead. Nevin is in the meantime appointed as caretaker manager while a replacement is sought.
Adshead said simply that the time was right for the decision to be made.
"In all situations there is always a right time to retire from football, the key is recognizing that time," Adshead said.
"After considering all relevant factors to me, the club and my family my time is now. I leave knowing that the rebuilding process is well underway and that the affairs of the team are in excellent hands with Paul Nevin. I wish everyone at the club a successful future."
Adshead had regularly said he would stick with the club and put things right after the disappointing debut season.