Folkestone Invicta chairman Paul Morgan has announced his resignation following the club’s exit from the FA Cup on Saturday.
Invicta missed out on a place in the FA Cup first round after losing 2-1 at Merthyr Town.
Morgan made his decision to step down a few weeks ago but chose not to make a public statement until after the FA Cup tie.
He said: “It is with regret and deep sadness that I inform you that as of today I have decided to step down as chairman and director of Folkestone Invicta Football Club.
“I made this decision a few weeks ago and informed the administrators of my decision at the time. I felt that the announcement should not be made public before the FA Cup game in today so team morale, support and performance won’t be affected in any way.
“I’ve had six great years as chairman and as you know I’ve set myself a three-year plan for the football club to be promoted to a league the club deserves to be in, but I unfortunately failed.
“We’re almost there but it’s almost not good enough for me so I think it’s time for a change and I really hope the new chairman can take the club forward and promote Folkestone Invicta Football Club where I unfortunately failed.
“I feel that I leave the football club in good hands, debt free and financially stable. I would like to thank everyone involved in the football club and you, the fantastic supporters who have always supported, supported and encouraged me. made you feel welcome from day 1. I can’t thank you enough.
“I would like to wish you the best for the season and the future.”
Invicta were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth qualifying round for the second consecutive season. They trailed Merthyr 2-0 in the opening 12 minutes on Saturday and although Ira Jackson pulled one back, Neil Cugley’s men failed to equalize which would have forced a midweek replay.