AFC Portchester chairman Paul Kelly has paid tribute to Marty Wallace for his work at the club.
Wallace was installed as interim first team manager in October last year - a role he kept until the appointment of new first team manager Dave Carter last week.
Work commitments with the Royal Navy mean Wallace will now be away from home for long periods and will not be able to remain on the coaching staff at the Crest Finance Stadium.
He has proved to be a popular figure around the club, having taken on coaching roles with the reserves and first team squads during his time with the Royals.
And Kelly wanted to thank him for stepping in on first team matters and helping to stabilise the club on the field.
“Marty has been a loyal servant of the club for many years and when we needed him to he stepped up to take on the first team role," explained Kelly.
“As I’ve said previously, it’s a shame we did not get to see Marty take charge of more matches but the Covid-19 regulations brought football to a stop and prevented us from seeing him lead the team into more games.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marty for his commitment, loyalty and hard work - both as interim manager and while he has been part of the coaching team at the club.
“His work in the Royal Navy is going to take him away from home now but he will always be a welcome visitor at the Crest Finance Stadium when his work commitments allow him to come to matches.
“We wish him all the best from everyone at the club as he proudly serves his country in his new posting with the Navy.”