TERRY Spillane says he wasn’t able to turn Aveley’s fortunes around quickly enough for the board’s liking, after he left the club.

The former Maldon & Tiptree manager lasted 12 months in the job, before agreeing to depart last Tuesday following a slow start to the season.

Aveley sit 18th in the Isthmian North, and Spillane said the ‘goalposts had moved’.

“Results could have been better, and I wanted to turn them around,” he said.

“The club moved to its new ground this season and the board wanted better results at home.

“We had a meeting and the way the club is planning to go forward has changed.

“I am disappointed of course but it is one of those things.

“There is no animosity with anyone, it just didn’t work out. I don’t think anyone was expecting it to move so quickly.

“From my point of view, it was about a settling in period.

“It takes time to make a place a fortress and they wanted it a little sooner than I could provide.

“I needed more time and they wanted instant results so the goalposts moved.

“It just ended that way.”

Spillane added he had not been in touch with Tilbury regarding the vacant manager’s post and ‘didn’t have any irons in the fire’.