FC CLACTON assistant manager Adrian Webster says health issues are the main reason for stepping down from his role at the Seasiders.

The former Colchester United player and coach has been a huge part of the club's success this season, ending a record-breaking season by finishing sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League.

He says he enjoyed the challenge and was thankful for the opportunity to get back into football, working alongside Clacton manager Tom Austin.

However, he feels the time is right to step down because of ongoing back and hip problems.

"It was a really tough decision because I enjoyed getting back into football and working with Tommy," said the experienced Webster.

"There are some very good people at the club and I would've loved to stay involved.

"However, for the last five years, I've been in and out of hospital due to problems with my hip and back.

"It's caused a lot of pain and I found I was in more discomfort the day after training sessions, especially in the winter when the weather was so cold.

"It's an ongoing thing but I don't feel I can commit to another season.

"I don't want to let anyone down by saying I can continue and then having to back out.

"In addition to that, I've also got a couple of trips planned in June and September.

"I pride myself on my commitment and I'd rather be upfront now than potentially let Tommy down."

Webster was tempted out of retirement by Austin, who he used to coach at the Colne Football Academy.

He enjoyed the experience and believes the Seasiders' boss has done a fantastic job, given the limited resources available to him at the Rush Green Bowl.

"Given the budget he's had to work with, Tommy's done a tremendous job," said Webster.

"It's been a learning curve but sixth is an incredible achievement and with a bit more consistency and continuity, we might even have finished third.

"I like to think I've played my part.

"When I came in, I didn't want to step on anyone's toes but, equally, I didn't want to stand around and not contribute.

"I wanted to have my say.

"I've really enjoyed it and loved working with Tommy.

"I firmly believe he has a bright future.

"He's got a good understanding of the game and his man-management skills are getting better all the time.

"The same goes for one or two of the players, who could also go on to play at a higher level.

"They've come on leaps and bounds.

"Hopefully the club can push on next season and build on this success.

"The nucleus is there and I dearly hope the squad stays together."