WAYNE Mew is quitting as Romsey Town boss at the end of the season, describing the club’s financial situation as “untenable.”

Mew, pictured right, and his management team have performed wonders in their second season in charge, leading the Bypass outfit to two cup quarter-finals and a potential top-eight finish in the Sydenhams Premier Division.

But with no budget to work with and, Mew says, no other money available for next season, he is unable to carry on.

“It’s disappointing,” he admitted. “We said we needed money to start next season and the chairman said there’s none in the pot, so I don’t know what they’ll do about replacing kit, affiliating with the Hampshire FA and so on.

“I’ve contributed in the past, but I can’t afford to do it again. I don’t mind if it’s coming from both sides, but it doesn’t seem to be.

“Romsey’s a sleeping giant and I thought I could turn it round, but I’ve not been able to on the financial side.”

Town chairman Ken Jacobs, however, says there WILL be money for next season. “We don’t pay players and never have done, but we’ve got enough to enter the league and all the cups and we’ll start getting adverts in again at the start of next season,” he said.

“Wayne’s sometimes dipped into his own pocket for trips to the Isle of Wight and things like that, but I’ve told him not to.”

Town slipped to eighth after Vince Rusher’s goal sentenced them to a 1-0 home defeat by Downton on Saturday.

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