GRAYS Athletic are searching for a new boss after Jamie Stuart left his post by mutual consent.

Stuart took over as manager in 2016, with the club in a precarious position.

But Stuart’s final match in charge proved to be Saturday’s 1-1 draw at local rivals Tilbury.

A club statement read: “Grays Athletic can confirm that the club and Jamie Stuart have decided to end Jamie’s tenure as manager by mutual consent.

“Jamie took on the role with the club in a precarious position and everyone associated with Grays Athletic would like to thank him for the passion, commitment and enthusiasm he has dedicated to the Blues during his three years in charge.

“Jamie will always be remembered as one of Grays Athletic’s greatest ever players and we hope that he fulfils his ambition to manage at a higher level in the game.

“The club expect to announce a new manager or an interim appointment in the next few days.”

Stuart boasted two stints with Grays during his playing career, with the central defender enjoying great success.

Having completed the Conference South and FA Trophy double in the 2004/05 season, Stuart played a key role as Grays retained the FA Trophy in the following campaign.

The former England under-18 and under-21s international also featured for the likes of Millwall, Southend United, Hornchurch, AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United after coming through the ranks at Charlton Athletic.

However, Stuart’s time in charge has come to an end with Grays 10th in the Isthmian North standings, 15 points adrift of the play-off places.