GLENN Tamplin has quit as Billericay Town’s manager after today’s 5-2 defeat to Wealdstone in the FA Trophy.

Tamplin said on social media last week that he would step down as manager if his team did not progress in the competition.

And he has stuck to his word, telling his players following the defeat that he would be the club’s new assistant with head coach Harry Wheeler taking over the manager’s role.

Tamplin added the decision was based on defeats to Leiston, Folkestone Invicta and Wealdstone in the past week, as well as the players’ decision not to give up a week’s wages for what has occurred in the last seven days.

“When I asked the players to give up a week’s wages for the way they have performed in the last seven days they didn’t consider me," said Tamplin. "Why should I consider them?

“I will stick with the squad. I will see the season out as assistant manager but I am so frustrated.

“I have spent more than two million on this club and all I wanted was players to donate a week’s wages after their performances in the past week. Only seven or eight said they would.

“They are not matching my investment. We are not getting the results for what I am paying, so I am stepping down.”

Tamplin added he would still have a presence at games until the rest of the season.