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PAUL Davis has confirmed he will be leaving Stratford Town.

Paul Davis has left Stratford Town. Photo: Mark Williamson F51/11/21/5804
Paul Davis has left Stratford Town. Photo: Mark Williamson F51/11/21/5804

The former Redditch United boss said in a statement tonight, Thursday, it was with "deep regret" he would be leaving his role as head coach.

Davis arrived at the Arden Garages Stadium in October 2018 as part of a new management structure including Thomas Baillie, Steve Walker and Nathan Marsh.

During that season, the Bards went on to finish fifth in the Southern Premier Central, their highest ever league placing, take part in the step three play-offs, win the Southern League Challenge Cup and reach the first round of the FA Trophy.

When Baillie departed for Tamworth, Davis worked alongside Tommy Wright at the start of the 2019-20 campaign before the former Leicester City player was sacked just days after the 3-1 win over Leiston on 5th October 2019.

Davis and Walker would take charge for the remainder of the season, which was eventually cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2020-21 season was then curtailed, with the Bards sitting third with five wins from eight games.

The current campaign brought more memories for Davis, as he witnessed the Bards reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in its 80-year history.

Playing in front of the ITV4 cameras and a packed out Arden Garages Stadium, the Bards did not disgrace themselves against Shrewsbury Town.

Although league form had dipped, the Bards picked up a crucial 2-0 win at Tamworth on Tuesday to move away from the drop zone.

It was then revealed Tim Flowers would be coming in as first team manager. Davis said on Twitter this morning he had been asked to work with Flowers, but was "undecided" on what he would do.

He has now confirmed he has departed Knights Lane.

He said in a statement: "It is with deep regret I am leaving Stratford Town Football Club. In the three years (four seasons) I have been at the club, I have fulfilled many positions within the management set-up, but the time has come to step away.

"Within those years/seasons, we've managed to get into the play-offs, eventually losing to King's Lynn who went on to get promoted twice in two seasons.

"We also won the League Cup that year, which Stratford are still the holders of.

"Two years riddled with Covid meant an exciting end to a season was cut short and a really promising start, sitting third in the table, was also cut short.

"This season has been the most memorable for obvious reasons. It's been an up and down league campaign, but the FA Cup run the club have been dreaming of for so many years actually happened.

"After beating Long Eaton in the third qualifying round we broke an 80-year club record and made history to go the furthest the club had ever been.

"The rest I'm sure you all know, but what a memory and to see so many smiles on supporters' faces at the Shrewsbury game live on TV was something that will stay with me forever."

He added: "Lastly, I need to thank all the people involved in the club and help they have given me through my time there.

"The supporters [get] a special mention as they've been fantastic throughout., it's difficult to get to midweek games, but they always travel.

"Hopefully we've provided you with some special memories."

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