Its news that everyone in Non-League football already knows but for those who have been living under a rock for the last few weeks Danny Mcsheffrey and Lee Knibbs resigned on the last game of a tremendous season.

COVENTRY Sphinx may have lost a manager after the resignation of Danny McSheffreyd but the club have gained a fully fledged supporter in the 32-year-old.

McSheffrey, who took over the post three years ago from Paul Charnely, steered the Siddeley Avenue side to within touching distance of the Midland Alliance title this term only to see his men fall at the final two hurdles with defeats at eventual champions Gresley Rovers and Ellesmere Rangers.

But a top-three finish was a splendid achievement despite the decision made in February that Sphinx would not spend around £100,000 on ground improvements to secure promotion to the Southern League if they won the title.

However, McSheffrey stressed it was not that ruling by the club’s management committee that forced his resignation but the prospect of added responsibilities at work in the near future.

McSheffrey said: “Primarily my main reason for stepping down was the fact I start a new, demanding role at work next month which will mean I cannot commit 100 per cent to Sphinx.

“As many non-league managers will appreciate, step five of football’s pyramid requires total commitment and application so regardless as to whether we finished first, third or tenth, my decision would still have been to step down although I will continue to be a big fan and also help out whenever I can.

“I know come Christmas I will probably be missing the game again but I feel this is the right time for me to take a break and I’m looking forward to concentrating on my work, spend valuable time with family and friends plus maybe squeeze in a few games of golf.”

McSheffrey’s assistant Lee Knibbs has also chosen to resign.

“Both Lee and myself resigned prior to Saturday’s game. It is something we have contemplated for the last few months but it’s certainly not a knee jerk reaction, we both leave on very good terms.

“I feel a sense of achievement for a club like Coventry Sphinx to be anywhere near the top of the table and it has been my most enjoyable experience in football.

“Knibbo and myself feel we have taken the club as far we can and the decision to step away was one of the toughest decisions we have had to make. I would like to thank everyone at Sphinx for their full backing.”

Lee Knibbbs went on to say "I can only talk for me and Danny and it had nothing to do with lack of ambition. Danny now has massive work commitments and is someone who would not be happy to give less than 100% to a club he has been at many years. As for myself I felt to take over and take the club further I would need resources that would put pressure on a club that would not be fair. Thats my personal opinion and I may be hopefully proved wrong. The club is great and is doing what it can to be competitive at that level. The next manager is going into a great club."