Coutanche told the players he was stepping down after they lost 5-1 in the league to St Paul’s on Saturday – but stressed his decision was not based on the heavy defeat.’I actually officially resigned on 5 September so it’s not a knee-jerk reaction – it’s something that’s been thought through,’ he said.
‘It’s strictly for personal reasons.
I was going to call time on it at the end of the season.’I can’t commit the time to it.
I’ve got work and family commitments in that my wife and I are expecting our second child in February.
My whole focus has changed completely.’Being a football manager is very time-consuming at any level.
I did enjoy it but it was difficult.
I’ve been playing as well this season and there’s a possibility that I’ll carry on playing.’St Peter FC president Tommy du Feu said: ‘The club certainly wants to thank Steve for the work and dedication to the cause during his time as manager.
He’s worked extremely hard and tirelessly and we’re extremely grateful.’Former joint manager Tim Houghton will take St Peter for tomorrow night’s Division I match against Portuguese Club at Springfield.
However, he ruled out returning to the position as he was concentrating on his role as Island manager Dave Matthews’ assistant.’I’m definitely with the Island.
I’ve made it clear to the club that this will be to help them out and give them a bit of breathing space.
I know they are keen to appoint someone as soon as possible,’ said Houghton.