Dave Hockaday leaves Forest Green Rovers
DAVE Hockaday has left his position as manager of Forest Green Rovers by mutual consent.
Pressure had been mounting on the ex-Watford and Southampton coach after overseeing a run of seven defeats in eight Skrill Premier matches.
Hockaday said: "Football is a results driven business and recently results haven't been good enough.
"I feel I have left the club, both on and off the field, in the best shape it has ever been.
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"I am proud of what I've achieved here and feel the time is right to move on.
"I wish everyone at the club the very best - Forest Green Rovers will always have a place in my heart."
Chairman Dale Vince said: "I'd like to thank David personally and on behalf of the whole club for all he has done in his time here.
"A lot of the changes David has wrought are not as readily visible as a scoreline and are less immediate in their impact - but they are vital to the long term success of the club.
"David has been a key player in the transformation of Forest Green and I wish him all the very best in his next role. "
The process to find a replacement manager will begin immediately and Gary Seward will take charge of the team as interim manager until that process is complete.
He will continue to be supported by academy manager Scott Bartlett, coach Kevin Phillips and physio Tim Grigg.