Boss Larter leaves Ryman League North Wroxham for ‘good of the club’

Stewart Larter. Picture: BILL SMITH

Stewart Larter. Picture: BILL SMITH

Heartbroken Stewart Larter quit as Wroxham boss last night to try and save the club's season.

A disastrous run of 15 Ryman League North matches without a win have left the Yachtsmen hovering just three points above the relegation zone. Basement boys Redbridge could suck the Trafford Park club further into the mire with a win in Norfolk on Saturday, an outcome Larter doesn't even want to contemplate.

The 49-year-old said: 'I never had a conversation about possibly being sacked, I'm just doing what's right for the club.

'Our squad is far better than our league position suggests. They say familiarity breeds contempt and a lot of the boys have been with me a long time now. Some instructions were just not being followed.

'It's been really hard at times this season and going doesn't make it any easier. I hope whoever comes in goes on a run and takes the club to safety. That's the most important thing and it would make my decision even more justifiable.'

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Larter, who played for Wroxham more than 500 times in the 1990s, enjoyed great success as sole Gorleston boss from 2012 before moving up a level to take charge of Wroxham, who had only stayed up because of a relegation reprieve, in May 2014. A host of players headed with him to the Broads and almost made the play-offs last term as well as winning the Norfolk Senior Cup. But things went sour as second-season syndrome struck with two assistants (Cedric Anselin and Neil Jarvis) walking away for differing reasons and a host of players also leaving the club, including prolific duo Remy Gordon and Christy Finch.

Larter said his decision had been 'six weeks in the making' and that Tuesday's 2-1 after extra-time Senior Cup quarter-final defeat to King's Lynn Town Reserves was the final straw.

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He added: 'We deserved to lose to a team that are fundamentally two levels below us and that's not acceptable.'

Chairman Kevin Attree said he had 'enjoyed working' with Larter and that director of football Chris Wigger will temporarily fill the void.

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