MICHAEL Wallace has decided to step down as manager of Harwich and Parkeston, after a disappointing start to the season.

Wallace made the decision following the Shrimpers' 4-1 defeat at Holland FC, in Thurlow Nunn League first division south.

In a statement, Harwich and Parkeston chairman Tony Armstrong said: "The club can confirm that after the 4-1 defeat at Holland Michael Wallace made the decision to step down as First Team Manager but I'm pleased to announce he has agreed to continue with the development of the club working closely with myself, Chris Smith and the Committee.

"Mike has been instrumental in ensuring that the club currently compete at our level and also making the Gwinnell & Sons Royal Oak one of the best football stadiums for miles around.

"The club are greatly indebted to Mike for everything he has done and we are pleased that Michael has agreed to stay with the club and work for the foreseeable future.

"A high proportion of the improvements you see around the club today (and with the new floodlights imminent) are down to the massive efforts of Michael Wallace.

"The club are very lucky to have Michael and pleased that he has agreed to stay and work to develop the youth sections within the club and be involved with decision making and policies.

"Without his efforts we may not have started on this journey. Now let's see it to the Conclusion together!"