OUTGOING DORCHESTER Town assistant-manager Trevor Senior admitted his enjoyment of football was “beginning to wane” after stepping aside from his role in the dugout.

Senior, 57, a former Dorchester player before enjoying a stellar career with Reading, was given a superb send-off by the Magpies in their 2-0 BetVictor Southern Premier South victory over Yate Town on Saturday.

Having served under three different managers – Craig Laird, Steve Thompson and incumbent Callum Brooks – former striker Senior was joined on the sidelines this season by Jody Rivers and Steve Devlin.

With a total of four coaches at the club, plus goalkeeping boss Steve Dodge, Senior felt his big decision had been made as the “time was right” with Dorchester in 19th place.

He told Echosport: “There have been quite a lot of bad days for us, that’s why we are where we are in the league.

“So, the enjoyment was beginning to go – nothing to do with anybody at the club, I’ve no axe to grind with anybody.

“Everybody’s been very supportive and pleased to have me back, but the enjoyment’s beginning to wane.

“Maybe I’m getting a bit too old for it? I’m 58 next month and I’ve been in senior football since I was 16 playing and managing. There’s only a couple of years break I’ve had over that length of time.”

Senior revealed both chairman Scott Symes and Brooks had given him more time to consider his decision, before the former Bridport manager came to the same conclusion.

“I had a chat with Scott on Thursday night,” Senior said. “I said the way I was feeling. Scott said he’d very much like me to still be around the club – is there anything the club can do to help in that respect?

“Same with Cal, he said ‘is there any way we can make it better so you do stay?’ They both said sleep on it Thursday night and I woke up and felt more so that the time was right.

“I’ll maybe take a few weeks out to spend a bit of time with my wife and see a bit more of my children. I’ve no immediate plans to do anything at the club.”

Senior admitted with Dorchester having struggled in recent seasons, he must take partial “responsibility”.

“I’ve enjoyed being assistant-manager but it’s not gone as well as I’d have liked over the three years,” he conceded.

“(Brooks) is the third manager I’ve been assisting, so you’ve got to take some responsibility yourself.

“Although I don’t have a massive input, Callum has used me quite a lot to bounce off.

“I feel now he’s got other people around him, maybe it is a younger man’s game. Hopefully that will work well and they can push on.”

Asked for his stand-out memories as assistant-boss, Senior nominated two results last season.

He said: “I would say the 4-0 win at Eastbourne on the second-coldest day I’ve ever been involved in – the other was a Friday night at Crewe for Reading which is the coldest I’ve played in.

“Eastbourne was a horrible day with hailstones et cetera and a great win. That was the last time we played some decent music in the dressing room after that game!

“It was music you could actually sing to, rather than what they play at the moment – that’s showing my age!

“The other one was probably the 6-0 win at home against Tiverton, everything clicked for us that day.”