DEPARTING manager Mark Owen says he leaves Droitwich Spa as “a team to be respected” following his resignation from the West Midlands (Regional) Division One club.
High-flying Spa looked set for promotion last term before the suspension of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, and have kicked on again this term in their hunt for promotion – meaning Owen’s departure comes as a real shock to all connected with the Walshes Meadow club.
Following last night’s announcement by the club, coming just a day after a 2-2 draw with Wyrley, the now former Saltmen boss paid tribute to a rollercoaster journey during his time at Droitwich.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody at Droitwich Spa FC for the opportunity they gave me six years ago,” he said.
“From where we started to where the club is now, it’s been a fantastic journey and one that I have loved. There have been lots of ups and downs, but we have now made Droitwich a team to be respected and I’m proud of being part of that.
“I resigned as manager with a heavy heart as it’s been a massive part of my life.”
And upon his departure, Owen had plenty of names to thank for making his time at the club a memorable one – starting as assistant manager to Wayne Oliver before taking up the Spa hotseat at the beginning of the 2019/20 season.
“I’d like to thank every player that has played for me and made the club what it is today,” he added.
“The fans for being loyal home and away, the volunteers who work tirelessly on a match day, my staff Andy Crowther, Chris Hunt and Joe Mayo, the board who have backed me all the way.
“Finally, a massive, special thank you to Wayne Oliver – who has been with me from the very start – thank you for everything, you deserve to see where the club where it is today.
“I wish the football club all the very best for the future.”
The sentiments offered by Owen were echoed by Droitwich Spa chairman Peter Lemon, who paid tribute to the winning mentality and football implemented by the outgoing manager.
“In his time at the club Mark has made a positive difference,” he said.
“He has improved the style of football and assembled a squad that is able to compete with the best teams in the league. Working with the squad and management team, he has helped to establish a winning formula at the club that we will take forward and build on to ensure that Mark’s hard work is not lost.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Mark for his commitment, and wish him the best of luck for the future.”