Starmer - It was the right time to leave Diamonds

Former AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer
Former AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager Mark Starmer

Mark Starmer has admitted that an inability to influence the team was behind his decision to quit as AFC Rushden & Diamonds manager.

A 2-1 defeat to Desborough Town on Tuesday proved to be Starmer’s last game in charge at the Dog & Duck with Andy Peaks taking over in a caretaker capacity.

And while his departure, on the face of it, may appear strange given that the side are second in the UCL Premier Division and recently enjoyed a good run in the FA Vase, Starmer revealed it had been coming for a while.

He said: “It’s been a difficult place to be around for the last three or four months.

“There are various reasons, some internal, but the main reason is the commitment I can give to the job.

“I’ve not been able to get to training every week because of the shifts I work and that has meant that I haven’t been able to influence things as I would like.

“That’s not attaching blame to anybody because it’s just the way it is but I couldn’t see it changing and it’s not the way I would want to do the job.”

As for the timing, Starmer said that he felt to wait until the end of the campaign would have been the wrong thing to do.

He added: “It’s best that I go now so somebody else can come in and have a look and get used to everything.

“I didn’t want the season to just peter out and become a non-event and looking at it, I think I’ve taken this side as far as I can.

“It hurst like hell to walk away and I know that a few people are disappointed but it’s the right time to go.”

As for any future plans, Starmer stated that he has no immediate ambitions to get back into the game.

“I won’t be rushing back,” he said.

“I was the first manager at the Diamonds and that meant an awful lot and at the minute I have no aspirations to go elsewhere.

“If any offers come my way I’ll have a think about them but I haven’t got anything planned.”