Jon Abbott believes stepping down as Diss Town manager was best for all concerned
Jon Abbott felt that it was best for both parties that he stepped down as manager of Diss Town.
News of Abbott’s surprise resignation broke last weekend in the wake of the 7-1 defeat at AFC Sudbury Reserves.
That loss was a fifth in a row for the Tangerines in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North yet, on the whole, Abbott’s 12-month tenure at Brewers Green Lane had been positive both on and off the pitch.
The club’s under-18 side have become much more competitive, while the reserve side has also been resurrected.
The first team, meanwhile, are still within striking distance of the four promotion places if they can quickly arrest their recent form.
However, along with assistant Lewis Plowman, Abbott believes that he has taken things as far as he can.
“It was far from an easy decision, but it was not knee jerk,” he said.
“I know it looks like that after we have taken a battering like we did, but that is not the case.
“There are a few things – some of them personal – and it just felt like we had taken them as far as we could. They need a fresh face going forward.
“I think we have left the club in a good position and that it is a more attractive job than the one we took on.
“We made progress, the under-18s are very good and the reserves are stable.
“The first-team squad – while we wanted a bit more success with them – is stronger than the one we inherited. Ultimately, this just feels right for me and the club.”
Abbott, who has previously managed Scole United, is now intending to take a break from the dugout, and he could even don his boots and make a playing return in the near future.
However, if and when the 29-year-old does decide to return to the dugout, he is confident that he learned plenty from the last 12 months to hold him in good stead.
“I will take a break from managing for the rest of this season and just clear my head,” he said.
“I might actually find somewhere to play for a while because I am still quite young.
“Looking back we made mistakes and that was always going to happen in our first job at that level, but I would like to think we got some things right as well.
“Going forward, if I ever decide to get back into the management side of things, there are plenty of experiences I can use and things I would do differently.”
Meanwhile, the club Abbott leaves behind had placed coaches Robbie Goodwin and Barry Riches in charge for tomorrow’s scheduled trip to King’s Lynn Town Reserves, which has since been postponed.
It is hoped a permanent successor will be appointed next week.
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