Wealdstone have provided an explanation for the departure of manager Dean Brennan, who departed the club last week.

A statement posted to the Stones website claimed that the board were concerned by “controllable aspects of the first team” over the last month that had led them to the decision not to offer Brennan a contract beyond the current season. Because of that, Brennan felt his position at the club was untenable.

The club statement reads:”The step up to what is mainly a full-time league against teams with access to greater resources both on and off pitch would be challenging.

We started the season strongly and despite a recent run of league defeats, we still find ourselves with an excellent opportunity to stay in the league and also progress further in the FA Trophy.

Despite this, over the last couple of months the Board were concerned over some controllable aspects of the first team.

Whilst these were not enough to consider Dean’s immediate future, it did convince the Board that we would not currently be offering him a new contract in the summer. Given this decision Dean felt that he was not in the position to continue in his role and upon discussion, Dean left the club with immediate effect.

None of the above should detract from the last 18 months. Led by Dean and Stuart, being crowned National League South Champions, quite rightly, ranks amongst our greatest achievements. The style of football was very pleasing to the eye and some of the performances both home and away will live long in the memory.”