Dave Altendorff informed the club yesterday morning of his intention to leave the club and take up a role at step 3. Dave had this to say;

‘I want to thank everybody at Lancing FC for their support during my time there. From the chairman, Barry, to everyone on the committee, the supporters, my fellow coaches (Phil, Jamie and Alex) and of course the players. It really was a memorable season and Lancing are in a great position now going into next season. I cannot recommend the club highly enough to any prospective players; it really is a special place to play football.’

Chairman Barry Sutton said ‘Dave has always been completely fair and transparent with me and always made it clear that he would be open to taking the right role at a step 3 and he has kept me informed every step of the way. Everyone at the club would like to wish Dave the very best in the next chapter of his career and while we are obviously sad to see him go we are also pleased that he is stepping up and continuing on his journey to manage at a higher level. Dave achieved great things here last season and it was inevitable that other clubs would be looking at him. He leaves with our congratulations and best wishes for the future. I’ve no doubt that Dave will continue to grow and flourish and I will watch his career with great interest.’

On the future Barry had this to say ‘Obviously we need to act swiftly in finding a replacement for Dave. There is always a shortlist in place for this eventuality and the committee and I will be speaking to prospective candidates over the coming days. I believe Lancing is a fantastic club to manage with the best supporter base around and we always seek to identify exciting, talented managers with a philosophy to play football the right way. Whoever we bring in will seek to play attractive football and to entertain the fans and I am sure the supporters will trust us to make the right decision for the club.’