Brian Adair has cited “ongoing issues not connected with football” behind his decision to resign as Loughgall manager just days after guiding the club to Bob Radcliffe Cup glory.
The former Lakeview Park player granted the ‘Times’ an exclusive interview to explain the shock exit one year on from returning to Lakeview Park as manager.
Adair told the committee of his decision following that Boxing Day final victory against Annagh United and officially finalised the departure on Monday.
“Let me stress this was a difficult decision to make but I felt I was left with no other choice due to ongoing issues not connected with football,” said Adair. “From my early days as Loughgall manager I have felt certain people of influence within the club actively working against me and undermining my ability to do my job.
“This is a separate situation to anything on the football pitch and basically left me with an impossible working environment.
“Previously, I have left other clubs to try and progress in my managerial career but this is different.
“I regret it has reached this point and leave behind many good friends.
“I want to leave the club in a professional manner so refuse to go into specifics but only to say I will always put principles before pride.”
The news will lead to speculation over the future of a playing squad assembled, in the main, during Adair’s year-long period in the Loughgall dug-out.
“We are disappointed to announce that Brian Adair has stepped down as first-team manager,” said a Loughgall spokesman. “We would take this opportunity to thank Brian for his efforts over the past year that culminated on Boxing Day with the first trophy of his managerial career.
“We wish him all the best in the future.
“We will now conduct formal interviews for the next manager and hope to announce the appointment by next week.”
It is understood that Loughgall committee members plan to approach Chris Kingsberry - the current assistant manager - to take up the post for tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) league game against PSNI. Kick-off at 2 o’clock.