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Woodham no longer prepared to stand for 'mid-table mediocrity' at Windsor FC

Mick Woodham has stood down as Windsor boss claiming he is unwilling to accept another season of mid-table mediocrity.

Woodham, who has been at the club since September 2012 – when he took over from previous boss Kevin Scott – doesn’t feel enough is being done to give him a playing budget that would allow him to compete for promotion.

He was hoping to build on last season’s run to the quarter-finals of the FA Vase by pushing for promotion from the Hellenic Premier Division this season, but doesn’t feel they’ll be in a position to do that any time soon.

Player coach Ashley Smith is set to take over as caretaker boss for the club’s pre-season game against Maidenhead United on Saturday (3pm), and chairman Kevin Stott hopes he’ll take on the role permanently in time.

“To commit to another 40 weeks season of mid-table mediocrity is not what I’m there for,” said Woodham.

“I desperately want the club to move on and it’s a wide open league this year. There’s a real opportunity to push on and get promotion but it’s become apparent that isn’t going to happen.

“There are issues surrounding the lease, because if you had a healthy lease it would drive the club forward and open up many streams of income, but I don’t see any sign of that happening.”

Stott admitted Woodham’s decision to stand down had taken him by surprise.

“I don’t know where this ‘lack of ambition claim’ comes from,” he said.

“I can criticise myself for lots of things but I’ve always believed we can achieve things. I don’t see where the obstacles are. I thought we were pretty much on the same page.

“We’d been working on a strategy for the new season, one which would maximise our chances of success.

“The lease issue is a bit of a red herring for me, because I feel that we can get at least 25 per cent more from the resources we have. I wouldn’t look to put money in until I was absolutely sure we could maximise our effectiveness.”

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