Lewes Football Club and manager Steve King have parted company “by mutual consent”.
A shroud of mystery has surrounded the club since last Wednesday when it was announced that he had been suspended pending an internal investigation.
The reason for the suspension was not given and neither the Board at the community-based club or King himself would comment on the matter.
But a statement released on the club website moments ago revealed that the manager who had led the Rooks to the Blue Square South title in 2008 and who returned to the club last summer, was leaving by mutual consent. The statement also rebutted claims made elsewhere in the local press – but not the Sussex Express – that the investigation had anything to to with any financial issues or irregularities.
The statement in full reads: “Lewes FC and Steve King have parted company by mutual consent.
“As previously announced there was an investigation. This did not concern any financial issues or irregularities. While the nature of the investigation must remain confidential, the Board and Steve King maintained different points of view which proved impossible to reconcile.
“Given the consequent impact on their relationship, both parties felt it best to part company. The Board thanks the supporters and owners of Lewes FC for their patience and discretion throughout this difficult period.
“Lewes FC will announce a new First Team Manager and Coaching staff as soon as possible. Neither party will make any further statement in any forum.”