CHRIS Willcock has resigned as manager of Ramsbottom United.

Replacing Mark Fell in October 2018, Willcock has overseen a period where Rammy have been pushing for promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

But with the last two campaigns cut short by the Covid pandemic, Willcock has stepped away a little over three weeks out from the new campaign kicking off on August 14 at City of Liverpool.

In a statement released by the club, Willcock, also a former player, said: "It is with strong emotions that I announce my decision to resign as manager of Ramsbottom United.

"I am proud of the progression of the team that I will leave behind. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two-and-a-half years spent as manager and I am grateful for the opportunity that the chairman gave me to manage a club that I had previously played for.

"During the time that I have been at the club, it has been a rollercoaster of a ride with some memorable moments and games that will forever be remembered.

"These memories were only made possible through the hard work and perseverance of a group of dedicated players and a supportive management team who have been truly committed.

"I would also like to thank the fans and volunteers who have shown great support to myself throughout my tenure.”