After ten months in the job, Leon Ryan has resigned as manager of Whitley Bay FC.
Speaking after informing Club Chairman Paul McIlduff of his decision, he said
“I went into the job knowing that it was a big commitment and was proud to accept it. I gave everything I could for the Club but combined with the pressures of work, which involves travelling across the country every week, it has left me with insufficient time to devote to my young family. I gave everything I’d got for the club but I feel I now need time to recharge my batteries.
I’d like to thank everyone at Whitley Bay Football Club for the support they’ve given me during my time here. They’re the best set of fans and best club that I’ve played for and I’ll still be coming along to support them when I can, maybe with my children.”
Ryan’s association with Whitley Bay FC goes back eleven years. He made his debut in 2003 and spent two years at the club before moving to Durham City. He returned in 2008 and picked up FA Vase winners medals in the following two seasons, captaining the side in their record breaking win over Wroxham at Wembley in 2010. He then joined Spennymoor where he won the FA Vase again in 2013 before returning to Hillheads four months later. In February of this year he was appointed manager following Ian Chandler’s resignation.
Leon played a total of 208 games for Whitley Bay, scoring 32 goals, including three this season.
Whitley Bay Football Club would like to thank Leon for all his efforts for the club over the years and wish him well in the future.
An announcement on Leon’s replacement will be made in due course.