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    Paul Hartley resigns 

    Monday, January 27, 2014 5:57:21 PM

    The decision today is nothing to do with getting beat 5-1 because I have had other bad results in the 2 ½ years I have been here but over the last couple of weeks I have just felt that my time is up with Alloa Athletic, the journey was going to end and get someone else in to regenerate the players here.  It is something I have thought about and I spoke to the chairman today.  I have had a great 2 ½ years here and it was not a split second decision to do with the result.  I just feel it is time for someone else to come along and get the success that I had – every manager has a shelf life and we have had great success here - we came from the third division with no players and have taken the team along to the championship.  I have been having a think about it over the last couple of weeks in terms of how I have been feeling and sometimes you get a sense of things and your players – they have been absolutely brilliant for us but it happens sometimes I am sure I have left the club on a good footballing footing it is now up to someone else to take over – they will have a great chairman to work with – I have a great relationship with him and it has come as a shock to him and I have had a great group of players I have also had a great back room team also who have helped me all the way.  I have no future plans whatsoever – I will probably have a little break and I will think about the time I have had here and the enjoyment.  We have come from the 3rd division with a lot of hard work and a lot of stress and strain on the way but I have left the club with a great footballing side considering where we came from.  I am sure whoever comes in to take the job they will have a great chairman and a good team and I am sure they will do well here.  There is no doubt I still believe the group of players at the club are good enough to stay in the championship by the end of this season.  Sometimes you just need a fresh face in to keep them going.  Eight or nine of the players have been with me since the start at the third division and I am sure whoever comes in, the players will work for them as they have for me.  I am sure the chairman will pick the right man.  He is a fantastic chairman to work with.  We have had a great success and never had a fall out in the 2 ½ years that I have been here and I would like to thank him for giving me this opportunity in terms of getting into football management but I have made up my mind and it is 100%.  I just think it is the way I am feeling sometimes you are at a club even as a player and you just need a fresh challenge sometimes and I feel that I have definitely taken the club as far as I can go but there is no way I have lost the players in the dressing room – we had a bad result today but that happens along the way.  I am sure Alloa will stay up – I have kept them in a good position we are not near the bottom of the league what we have done here has been a remarkable job.  Paddy Connolly will take charge of the club for the next few weeks until the chairman sorts something out. 

    Paul Hartley
    18th January, 2014


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