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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Teale ends Northwich stay
By Pete Oliver

Shaun Teale
Teale is Norwich's third boss this season
Relegated Northwich Victoria have parted company with their third manager of the season following Shaun Teale's decision to leave Wincham Park.

Teale departed the Conference's bottom club after being told he was unlikely to be given the job for next season.

"I had a long chat with (chairman) Dave Stone and he said if I wanted an answer now, it was probably 'no'," the former Aston Villa defender told BBC Sport.

"I accepted that and I have left with no hard feelings."

Teale added: "But it's disappointing that with a new stadium next season and really a new club, I did not get the chance to build a side of my own, because I could have done that."

The decision was taken after the Vics' 1-0 win over Telford on Wednesday.

I'm just sorry that we could not fulfil expectations
Shaun Teale
"We were very pleased with the win and we thought it was the right time to put our cards on the table and see if it was 'yes or no' for next season," Teale told BBC Sport.

Defender Gregor Rioch will be in charge for the final game of the season at Gravesend on Saturday.

Teale, with Ray Stafford as his assistant, took charge of the Vics in December after Steve Davis and Alvin McDonald had been dismissed after overseeing just one win each.

However, the former Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Tranmere defender was unable to lift the club off the foot of the table with the win over Telford only his second victory and the club's first at home since August.

"We were asked to find a striker and keep the club up. If you are being honest we failed to do that and you have to accept that," Teale added.

"But that was never easy given the situation we were in when we got there. We soldiered on with the players we had and I'm just sorry that we could not fulfil expectations.

"The team-spirit we have left at the club was a lot better, and I will now look for another job."

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