MATT Carmichael believes Brantham Athletic will benefit from a "fresh approach" after stepping down as Imps boss.

The former Harwich and Parkeston manager has quit with the club sitting sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League.

Michael Brothers, who had been joint-boss, also left last week to concentrate on his playing career, subsequently joining Maldon and Tiptree.

"I've decided to step down from my position as Brantham manager," said Carmichael on Twitter.

"It's a truly great club and one I will always hold great affection for.

"The chairman and chief executive are top, top men.

"But with a young family, coupled with my partner in crime leaving, I felt the time was right."

As joint-managers, Carmichael and Brothers won last season's League Cup.

They also oversaw a magnificent 19-game unbeaten run, in addition to taking the club the furthest they have ever been in the FA Cup.

"The time is right to let a fresh approach reignite the squad," added Carmichael.

"Mike and I have left a squad that is capable of great things."

A Brantham statement read: "Having taken some time to reflect on his position, Matty has decided to step down as our manager.

"The club have reluctantly accepted his decision and place on record our sincere thanks for all he has done over the last two years.

"We wish him well for the future."

Brantham drew 2-2 at Ely City on Saturday, with their goalscorers being new signing Andrew Wood and Joseph Yaxley.

They are away to Stowmarket Town this weekend, followed by a Suffolk Premier Cup assignment at Framlingham Town next Tuesday.