Galey on Tuesday

Following yesterday’s news that manager Anthony Gale had resigned from his first team and academy duties, the gaffer shares a few final thoughts.

“I have officially handed in my resignation to Walton Casuals Football Club and have stepped away from my first team and Academy duties.

I would personally like to thank everyone who has been in touch with me over the past 24 hours. Everyone’s words have meant a great deal and it’s really nice to know I have so many friends within the game. I will get round to messaging everyone back personally.

I have been a player at Walton and also had the honour of managing the Club and am eternally grateful for the support and loyalty shown to me during this time. I have been allowed time to build the foundations which will still be in place on my departure. The club is in the best place it’s ever been in and will only grow stronger with the tremendous support behind the scenes.

In my 4 years at Walton I am very proud of what has been achieved on and off the field. I have to say last year’s promotion from step 4 will live long in my memory. This season has been a challenging one where I have learnt a lot about myself and the dynamics of Non League Football. To keep the clubs step 3 status on the final day will allow Walton to grow even further. It was a great moment on the final day and even better one to share with so many special people board members, staff, players and fans and adding the Southern Combination Cup at the weekend was a great way to bow out. I believe the last cup competition we won was over 20 years ago.

The academy has gone from strength to strength and it has been my pleasure monitoring and developing the pathway from academy to first team football.

I would like to thank everyone who have personally helped me on my managerial journey over the past 4 years at the football club. Your efforts, time and love will never be forgotten.

A big thank you to all the fans. All of you have played such an important role in building the football club and it really has been like having a 12th man. When required, you guys have always been there. The support especially over the past two season has been special and it’s truly been my honour to share these moments with you.

Whoever the new manager may be, please get behind him and back his vision for the football club. I am personally now going to be taking some time out. It has been a challenging four years and I will need time in deciding where my future in the game will be.