ANDY Parry has revealed how, after 11 consecutive years in football management, he was ready for a break after last week's shock announcement that he was standing down as manager of Penryn Athletic.
Only days after etching his name into the Penryn history books by guiding the club to their first ever senior trophy by winning the Cornwall Charity Cup, it was confirmed last Wednesday that Parry and his assistant Alan Rundle were parting company after one season in charge of the first-team.
The news was a shock to many, at the end of a campaign in which Parry guided Penryn to a third place finish in the league and Charity Cup glory.
But having managed the club's second team for a decade, and despite the success of last season, Parry believes the time is right to take a break from the game.
He said: "Alan and myself spoke a couple of months ago about standing down.
"I've been doing this for 11 seasons now, and as a manager you don't get much of a break – it's a 12 month thing.
"I've been getting in to my golf so I'd like a bit more time to do that. It's just going to be nice having a lot more spare time.
"We've had a fantastic season, with our highest ever league finish and the first time we've won anything.
"We've put a pretty good team together, got rid of the prima donnas and it's proved successful."
Parry and Rundle took over the managerial reins last summer, replacing Steve Jewell and Dale Band, who stood down after four seasons at Kernick.
The pair will now return for another stint at the club after their appointments were also confirmed last week.
And it is believed that a number of the club's former players, who played under Jewell and Band, could link up with Athletic again, including striker Pat Shaughnessy and Ben Williams.
However, many will be hoping the club retain the majority of last season's squad.
Parry promoted a number of players from Symon Winnan's second team last season, and his decision to pin his faith from within the club paid dividends.
He said: "I had great help from Sy Winnan in the seconds. We brought players in to the first team and it worked well.
"And my assistant Alan Rundle has been brilliant on the touchline. The players have been tremendous and I'd like to thank them all."
Parry's achievements last season caps what has been a hugely successful 11 years at Penryn. In that time, where he was assisted by Terry Jarvis and Martin McGee, he guided the club's second team to the Combination League title, the League Cup, the Evely Cup and the Supplementary Cup.
In 2010 they went the entire season unbeaten, only to finish runners-up to Illogan.