Dulwich Hamlet have opted to part company with manager Gavin Rose.
The National League South side broke the news on Sunday evening.
Rose has taken charge of more than 550 first-team matches for Dulwich and won two promotions – the Isthmian League South title in 2013 and then the Premier Division play-offs in 2018.
The South Londoners are 21st in the league table, dropping into the bottom four after a 3-1 defeat at Tonbridge Angels last weekend.
The latest round of National League fixtures this weekend were postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Hamlet chairman Ben Clasper told the club’s official website: “It is with enormous personal sadness that I have to announce that the club has decided not to complete and execute the contract extension for Gavin Rose’s role as men’s first-team manager and he will leave the position with immediate effect.
“It has been an honour and a pleasure to work alongside Gavin over the past four years and whilst we all knew the reality was that all managers eventually move on it was genuinely difficult to accept that time would ever come for us.
“Simply thanking Gavin for all that he has achieved and wishing him every success in future feels hopelessly inadequate, he will always be part of the Dulwich Hamlet family and I sincerely hope this will not be the end of our association either personally or professionally.
“Gavin has been responsible for many of the all-time high moments in living memory at the club and his contribution deserves the legendary status I have no doubt it will gain as people look back on what he has achieved here since his appointment in 2009 which makes him the club’s longest-serving manager.
“It is both those moments and the length of service that have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the board have worked hard on making the tough decisions in many areas both on and off the pitch to the benefit of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and which we believe are necessary to deliver the long-term objectives we set in October 2018 when supporters stepped in to save and then rebuild the club.
“The departure of any manager from any club is a difficult decision as it impacts everyone associated with the club but I say with no hint of exaggeration that I believe few clubs have been through a change of this magnitude and everyone at the club understands how de-stabilising this will be and is committed to steering us through the times ahead and the challenges that are bound to arise.”
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