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Lydd Town looking for a new manager after promotion-winning boss Mickey Doyle resigns

Mickey Doyle says something had to give after resigning as manager of Lydd Town.

The Lydders’ promotion-winning boss stood down on Monday night, citing work and family commitments.

Mickey Doyle, centre, has stood down as Lydd manager.
Mickey Doyle, centre, has stood down as Lydd manager.

His decision leaves Lydd looking for a new boss with their Southern Counties East Premier Division opener less than two weeks away.

They start the campaign at home to Holmesdale on July 29, having won the Division 1 play-offs under Doyle in April.

He’d planned to leave then but was talked into carrying on, with Lydd reaching the highest level in their history and looking forward to a first appearance in the FA Cup.

However, with his recycling company busier than ever, and a hectic family life, enough was enough.

“It’s just loads of stuff, really,” said Doyle, speaking about his decision to resign.

“My work’s gone mad for the next six months and my youngest daughter has been called up to her trampolining competition squad.

“When she starts that, it’ll be all weekend, and if she gets to certain stages she’ll go to places like Portugal and Telford and Cardiff.

“On Monday, I left my house at 4am and didn’t get home until 9pm.

“All I did was drive past my house, stopped to pick my daughter up and went again.

“I’ve got so much on. I spoke with my assistant and he said you look drained all the time and I said I am.

“I’m shattered. Something had to give.

“It was better to go now than try and get through the season.

“I was going to go at the end of last season but agreed to carry on. I should have gone then.

“My wife asked me if I was all right after I told them and I said I feel loose, I can feel my shoulders again.

“It’s a big commitment, managing a football club.

“There’s so much involved and I wasn’t able to give it 100% in pre-season.

“I should have stuck to my guns and gone at the end of last season but with the promotion and the FA Cup, I ended up carrying on.

“At this moment in my life, it’s not worth the aggro. Work and family have got to come first.

“The club’s got a good future. It’s got the right people on board.

“Everything’s there for the club to do well and I believe it will do well.

“It’s got a great dressing room and great people behind it.”

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