Former Eastbourne Borough management duo Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood exited Priory Lane with their heads held high after their dismissal on Tuesday night.
The pair worked together at the club for almost 13 years and during that period enjoyed four promotions and three seasons competing with non-league’s elite in the Blue Square Premier despite operating as a part-time club.
His rein has been a story of epic achievement. They’ve visited Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium for a promotion play-off with Altrincham in 2005 and they’ve featured on Match of the Day in an FA Cup draw with Oxford United.
They survived as a part-time club in the top tier of non-league football for three years before relegation last season.
This year Wilson’s men suffered inconsistent performances and languish just six points above the Blue Square South relegation zone.
The decision to sack Wilson came days after a 4-1 home defeat to Dorchester on Saturday.
Wilson said, “I have given everything to this club.
“Obviously results have not been great lately but we have achieved tremendous success.
“I am very proud of the part I played in this club’s history.”
Greenwood echoed Wilson’s sentiments, he added, “I have received my fair share of critcism from supporters. Some of it has been quite personal which I have found disappointing but no-one can take away what we have achieved.
“I think on whole we made more good decisions than bad. Everything is still a bit raw at the moment. To wake p this morning for the first time in 15 years and not have to do anything for the club was a strange feeling.
“But in future we will look back and be very proud of what we have achieved.”