GRAYS Athletic have announced the departure of boss Mark Stimson.

Grays are currently second from bottom in Isthmian North with five points from 12 games.

And the club have now opted to make a change.

A club statement confirmed: "Grays Athletic can confirm that we have decided to part company with manager Mark Stimson and his coaching team.

"Sadly, despite the incredible work Mark and his coaching team have put into the club since rejoining us in the summer, results and performances haven't been at the level anyone expected or wanted.

"The board will now look to appoint a new men's first team manager in due course.

"Further details will be released when the club are in a position to release them.

"The board of directors would like to place on record its sincerest thanks to Mark, Tony Gay, Ryan Handley and Timi Olomofe for their efforts since joining the club and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours."

Stimson enjoyed incredible success during his first spell in charge of Grays between 2002 and 2006 before being appointed for a second time in the summer.