CALLUM Brooks has resigned as Dorchester Town manager following today's 3-0 defeat to the Metropolitan Police.

Brooks has come under severe criticism for a wretched run of form that yielded just one win from 13 BetVictor Southern Premier South games.

That sequence left Dorchester four points adrift of safety in 21st, with the Magpies having picked up just seven wins in 26 games this season across all competitions.

In a brief club statement, the Magpies thanked Brooks for his services during his 36-game tenure, which produced just 11 victories.

It read: "Dorchester Town Football Club can confirm that it has parted company with first-team manager Callum Brooks this evening.

"We would like to put on record our thanks to Callum for his services to the club over the last nine months and wish him all the best for the future."

Brooks, who has made a conscious decision to lessen the frequency of posts from his personal Twitter account in recent weeks, also released his own statement on the social networking site this evening.

He said: "Following a meeting with Scott Symes (chairman) after today's game I have resigned from my position as the manager of Dorchester Town FC.

"I am immensely proud of the work that was carried out during the final 10 games of last season which resulted in us achieving safety with a game to spare.

"However, this season has been beyond disappointing.

"We worked relentlessly trying to improve things, but it didn't happen. It's a results-based business and ours were far from good enough.

"I managed the club with full commitment, honesty and integrity and I am grateful for the opportunity that I was given.

"To the DTFC supporters, thank you for all your support. I desperately wanted to deliver better results for you all. 

"I wish the club and all the hard-working people associated with it nothing but success.


The final nail in Brooks' managerial coffin today came as the Met dismissed a woeful Magpies side.

Jack Mazzone put Dorchester 1-0 down, while a brace from Lewis Beale either side of half-time handed the Blues all three points.

However, the manner of today's performance will have irked Dorchester's supporters, with several players showing a visible lack of effort and body language at times evidently negative.

Defensive frailty has also been a key factor, with the 45 goals conceded in 19 games a league-worst total.

That statistic comes after ex-captain and star centre-back Dan Strugnell left the club for Gosport before today's game by "mutual consent".

Brooks' departure now leaves the Magpies without a boss for Tuesday night's game at Gosport - a fixture which begins a frosty festive schedule followed by clashes with top-half sides Swindon Supermarine, Tiverton and Poole.