ARTHURLIE Football Club were last night rocked by the news manager Gavin Duncan has decided to end his time in charge at Dunterlie.

Duncan had been charge since he took over last May and overseen the side's dramatic escape from relegation last season.

Barrhead Sport understands he informed the players of his decision at training last night and has left the club with immediate effect.

Andy Pollock, Arthurlie secretary, exclusively told Barrhead Sport: "Gavin felt disappointed about things that have happened, he obviously has his reasons for leaving.

"He was disappointed with the way things have gone - he set standards and wants Arthurlie up the top of the table.

"Obviously last season was difficult for us all but the side showed great spirit to come back and that is credit to Gavin."

Pollock admitted Duncan's decision had come as a surprise to those at the club, but clarified the situation regarding who his successor will be.

He continued: "Gavin's resignation has come as a shock to us all.

"An internal appointment is something we would consider but Mark Cameron and Billy Peacock have already informed the club that their loyalty is with Gavin and will be leaving once a new manager is found.

"Mark and Billy will take the side in the meantime, starting this Saturday with the Hall Russell tie."

Pollock thanked Duncan for his efforts over the course of the past year, praising his attitude both on and off of the park.

He concluded: "I would like to put it on record that we are all bitterly disappointed that Gavin has decided to end his time in charge of the club.

"Gavin is an Arthurlie legend on the field and we all appreciated the efforts he has put in as manager."