Gray resigns as Morpeth manager

Nick Gray has resigned as Morpeth Town manager after nine seasons.

Gray helped the Highwaymen up from the Northern League, won the FA Vase at Wembley and earned promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division at the first attempt.

In a statement, he said: Since the first day I have been with the club, I have always done, in my opinion, what I felt was best for the club and my decision now, I feel, will help the club going forward.

“Around February this year I thought about stepping down and had conversations with Ken Beattie. After a few weeks of reflection I had made my mind up to finally step down from the manager’s role.

“Unfortunately, my final season was ended early by the Coronavirus outbreak. But I will have no regrets over that as football pales into insignificance in comparison; thankfully, and hopefully, we are over the worst of it and people can maybe begin to look forward more positively.

“Whilst there are several reasons why I have stepped down, some must remain private. Unfortunately, there were times last season when, for the first time, my thought process, commitment and preparation wasn’t 100%, and was about 90%. Some of this was due to issues outside of football and it was at that point that I knew this was a situation which was not fair on Morpeth Town.

“Of course, it’s a tough decision for me; it’s sad to be giving out this statement and, honestly, I will never know if I’ve made the right decision.”

Gray’s assistant, Stephen Turnbull, will take over.

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