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Ford steps down as Welling boss

Andy Ford
Welling won the Kent Senior Cup for the third time in their history

Andy Ford has announced he has stepped down as manager of Blue Square South side Welling United.

The 55-year-old former Gravesend and Northfleet boss took over at Park View Road in January 2008.

The Wings finished seventh last season and won the Kent Senior Cup, but have taken just 11 points from their first 12 games so far this season.

Ford's side were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third qualifying round by Dover on Saturday.

Assistant manager Lee Protheroe will take temporary charge while the Wings look for Ford's replacement.

Welling are away at Chelmsford City on Saturday.

This season has not lived up to my expectations

Andy Ford

In a statement Ford said: "It's with regret that I have offered my resignation, which was accepted.

"I have resigned for a combination of reasons, but primarily because I do not feel that my ambition of achieving a play-off place is achievable within the constraints that are put upon this football club.

"I have enjoyed my time at the club over the last two seasons and have achieved what I set out to do, but this season has not lived up to my expectations.

"Budgets have been cut, injuries have been unprecedented. I feel that it is time for a new fresh approach from someone else to try and take this great family club forward.

"I genuinely wish the new manager can bring the club success."

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