Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson looked back on one of the most difficult seasons of his career and admitted he was on the brink of walking out.
Wilson has been in charge at Boro’ for 11 seasons and has guided them from the County to the top tier of non-league football.
Boro’ spent three years mixing it with the non-league giants before relegation was confirmed last month against Kidderminster after a season of struggle.
Wilson said, “I almost walked a couple of times and it came very close after the Gateshead (0-3) and Tamworth (1-4) defeats.
“I knew after those games that staying in this league was going to be very tough as the other teams at the bottom were picking up points.
“In the moments after the 90 minutes it would have been easy to say enough is enough.
“But you get home and think about it and realise the reasons for it. If I thought I and the coaching staff were not getting the best from the players I would have walked.
“Give me a budget and a full-time club and I would have this club in the play-offs. I look around the division and I don’t see the likes of Steve Evans as a better manager than me.
As it stands Wilson has agreed to help Boro’ re-group in the Blue Square South and will continue as a part-time manager, but insists he enjoyed the challenge of the Premier.
He pointed to Matt Smart’s sensational 60-yard free kick at Fleetwood as a highlight of the season but also took pride watching his side battle to 1-1 draw with Darlington after being reduced to nine men.
“It was not all doom and gloom this season. To witness Smarty’s free-kick was something incredible it was a fantastic piece of skill.
“And the game against Darlington will stick in the memory. I’m sure it’s one the supporters will remember as well. I will miss aspects of the Premier but It will be nice to compete on a level playing field again.
“We were up against teams who had a wage budget of more than £1m. Luton Town’s Police bill was bigger than our wages bill.”