OLLIE Cherrett has stepped down as manager of Christchurch after more than five years at the club.

Cherrett joined the Hurn Bridge outfit in 2015, replacing Adie Arnold, having left his role at Merley Cobham Sports.

During his tenure, Cherrett guided Christchurch back into Wessex Premier and also took the club on runs in the FA Vase.

One of his most notable achievements at Priory came earlier this season, leading Christchurch into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, before they were eventually beaten by a side competing three divisions above them in Dulwich Hamlet on penalties, a game broadcast by the BBC.

However, after Christchurch this week opted against looking to progress into step four of the non-league pyramid, having been invited by the FA to apply for a position, Cherrett has decided to move on.

In a statement released via Cherrett's social media, the former Priory boss said: "After discussions with the club (on Tuesday) and decision not to apply for upward movement, I have taken the tough decision to resign from manager of Christchurch FC.

"I would like to thank the club for the proud opportunity to manage Christchurch for five and a half years which has seen some great memories - winning Wessex One, FA Vase journeys and not forgetting the history-making FA Cup run this season.

"I (would) like to thank all the backroom people, the players and management team that have supported me over the years and thanks to Hurn Bridge Sports Club and our supporters.

"I wish the club all the best for the future and look forward to the next chapter... Ollie."

The rest of Cherrett's management team have also stepped down, including Wayne Smith.

Smith posted on Twitter: "I have made the difficult decision, alongside Ollie, to resign as manager of Christchurch FC.

"I have had a great two and a half years at the club, making so many memories with special people.

"I leave with a heavy heart but would like to wish Christchurch all the best for the future and am looking forward to what the future may hold."