Ian informed Club Chairman Tony Bates of his intention to step down this afternoon, after a period on sick leave, and the Club has reluctantly accepted his decision.
He told atfc.org.uk this evening:
"I have had six fantastic years with Aberystwyth Town, three as an Assistant and three as a Manager – however with the Club about to begin a new chapter in its history the First Team needs to be training twice if not three times a week to challenge the other teams who are currently training this amount on their 3G surfaces.
With a five hour round trip from my current home it would be impossible for me to offer the required commitment due to the travelling and locality of the club. I would like to thank the President, Chairman, Vice Chairman and all the other directors and committee members at the club who have been unwavering in their support throughout my tenure. The club were brave to give a 29 year old the Managers job however I would like to think I have repaid the faith they showed in me.
I am proud to have transformed a club which had finished near the bottom the two previous seasons, resulting in one of the most successful periods in the clubs recent history. Reaching the Welsh Cup Final and qualifying for Europe in my first season was a highlight, as was finishing in Fourth place the following season and coming ever so close to qualifying for Europe once again. This season has been hampered with me having an operation however I believe I leave the club in a much better place than when I took over.
Thank you to the Players and Staff past and present who I have worked with, and I wish them all the very best in the future. A final special thank you to the fans who I hope enjoyed my attacking style of football which meant we scored 72 league goals in the first season and a similar amount in the second.
Having been part of a management team in the Welsh Premier League for near 200 games already, at the age of 32 I look forward to my next chapter wherever it may be."
The Board of Directors would like to thank Ian for his hard work and dedication during his six years at the Club and genuinely wish him all the best for what we are sure will be a hugely successful career in football.
Chairman Tony Bates commented “Ian is a man of the utmost integrity and unfailingly has always acted in the best interests of the Club. Suffice to say he will always be incredibly welcome at Park Avenue.”
Ian will be in the dug out for one final game as Aber host Bangor City in their Dafabet Welsh Premier League Play Off Decider on Saturday evening (kick off 5.15pm).