ERIC GILCHRIST has cited a breakdown in communications as his reason for quitting his post as Liversedge manager.
The former Ossett Albion boss stunned Clayborn last week when he resigned from his post – with immediate effect – along with his backroom staff.
In his first season in charge he helped Sedge stave off the threat of relegation and was hopeful of a strong finish this time around.
Gilchrist, 53, is highly regarded at non-league level but says he had little choice but to walk away from his job.
He claims he hasn’t spoken with club chairman Steve Newton for “over five weeks” and has revealed how an exchange of words at a recent committee meeting made the post “untenable”.
“I felt as though the best thing I could do was leave the club,” Gilchrist told The Press.
“Things weren’t going well behind the scenes and the relationship between me and the chairman had all but broken down. We hadn’t spoke in over five weeks.
“Things got said at a recent committee meeting, which made matters worse, and I wasn’t willing to carry on any longer.
“I have done all I can for the club, without being paid a single penny, and I have worked tirelessly to piece together a really competitive squad.
“I have enjoyed my time with Liversedge and it really is a shame it has come to this.”
Chairman Newton, who admits he was “deeply shocked” by his manager’s decision to leave, has refuted Gilchrist’s claims, however, insisting the pair “got on well”.
“There was no fallout whatsoever, Eric has done a remarkable job here,” he claimed.
“But what is done is done and there is nothing we can do about that now, other than move forward.
“He brought a huge amount of talent to the club and I am sorry to see him go. I, on behalf of the club, wish him well for the future.”
Long-serving players James Riordan and Dave Thompson have taken temporary charge of the first team.
And Newton says the club have no “immediate plans” in terms of finding a replacement for Gilchrist.