FC CLACTON have parted company with manager Tom Gooder.

The Seasiders boss has left by mutual consent, after a disappointing start to the Thurlow Nunn League season.

Clacton have lost all seven of their premier division matches and currently sit bottom of the table, with a goal difference of minus 30.

However, Gooder was defiant and determined to turn things round, knowing his team are still only a handful of points away from the safety of mid-table.

His last match in charge was Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Fakenham Town.

"I'm really sad and disappointed that it hasn't worked out and have nothing but good things to say about Tom," said Clacton co-owner Stephen Andrews.

"He's worked amazingly hard to try and put things right and conducted himself brilliantly throughout his time with the club.

"But it's results that count and, unfortunately, they have been poor so far this season.

"After a long chat earlier today, we decided it was best to go our separate ways.

"I'm bitterly disappointed but full of admiration for him and wish him nothing but the best for the future."

Despite their wretched start, Clacton are only two points behind Kirkley and Pakefield, three behind Swaffham and four behind Godmanchester Rovers.

They are now preparing for an FA Vase first qualifying round tie at home to Enfield 1893 on Saturday.

At the moment it is not known who will lead the team but the club plan to release a statement later today.

Clacton have another Thurlow Nunn League game next Tuesday night, at home to Hadleigh United.