Tommy Wright admitted he has has seen “the best and worst of football management” following his departure from Corby Town.
The Steelmen parted company with Wright last night (Sunday) after the 2-1 defeat to Ilkeston on Saturday left them second-from-bottom in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
It brought an end to the manager’s stay at Steel Park which initially started in a joint role with Andrew Wilson.
Wright took sole charge following a takeover by a consortium of local businessmen in the summer of 2014 and he then led Corby to a stunning title success in the Southern League Premier Division - an achievement Wright says is one of the best of his career.
But they were relegated from the National League North last season and, despite a big overhaul of the squad, the new campaign has proved to be a massive struggle.
Wright had originally been given another chance to start a turnaround after that loss to Ilkeston but he conceded his own mind was pretty much made up about his future after he had slept on it on Saturday night.
“I came away from the ground on Saturday night with another chance and I was happy with that considering the circumstances,” Wright said.
“But I woke up on Sunday morning feeling differently about it and I wasn’t sure whether it would be a good position for me, the players and the club to be in if we were literally going on a game-by-game situation.
“I relayed that to a board member, I said my piece and the board then came to their decision.
"I am disappointed, of course.
“I have made no secret of the fact that the club has become a massive part of my life, it’s in my blood.
“I believe I have done a good job in helping the club build itself up and I feel proud that I have introduced local players into the first-team picture this season.
“But I have been involved in football a long time and it just hasn’t happened for us this season.
“Without any doubt, I have seen the best and worst of football management.
“I was given an opportunity at 28 years old and no-one can ever take that Southern League title-winning season away from me.
“It is one of the best, if not the best, achievements of my career.
“I have played for England at age groups, I’ve played in the Premier League and I scored the winning goal in my first start for Leicester City but that season when we won the Southern League title is right up there with all of that.
“I believe my future belongs in coaching and I am looking forward to my next challenge.”
Wright, meanwhile, hopes his assistant Eddie Johnson gets the job on a permanent basis.
Johnson has been placed in charge for tonight’s clash at Hednesford Town following Wright’s departure.
“I have said to Eddie that if he needs anything, he knows where I am,” Wright added.
“He’s a great guy and I truly hope he gets the job on a permanent basis.
“I have had a great time at Corby with the players and fans and I wish them all the best.”