When the news broke late on Tuesday afternoon that Carl Adams had stood down as Town boss surely every Town supporter would have reacted with dismay and disbelief.
In his six seasons in the hotseat Carl had taken Town from obscurity in the MFA via two promotions to being an established club at Southern League Premier Division level, and had reached the landmark of 300 games in charge at last season’s final match away at Bishops Stortford.
It has turned out to be his last.
The brief statement on the STFC website sheds no light on why he has decided to go, but speaking to the Herald he said that he had been left in the dark over his future due to the club’s on-going discussions with a number of potential investors adding that “ the club seem to be going one way and I want to go in another. The club couldn’t give me any guarantees over the last few months and I wasn’t prepared to just sit and wait”
That leaves supporters to draw their own conclusions but it is certainly a sad and disappointing end to what has been an exciting and eventful journey since he took over from Morton Titterton in October 2012.
It is often said that the mark of a successful manager is when he leaves a club in a better position than when he arrived. That is certainly true of Carl’s time at Stratford, and all supporters will thank him for everything he did for Town and wish him well as he takes on his next challenge at Rugby Town.