Dean Thomas has resigned as manager of Hinckley United after 15 seasons in charge.
The 1-0 FA Cup qualifying round defeat by lower league Ossett Albion on Tuesday night was the final straw for a man who has becoming increasingly frustrated by the financial situation the club has found itself in.
Reduced budgets, unpaid tax bills and transfer embargoes have been a regular part of life for Thomas and his squad.
The 50-year-old former Notts County midfielder has finally decided to call it a day as this season's young squad have slumped to bottom of Conference North with just three points from nine games.
"I feel it appropriate to end my relationship with Hinckley United," said Thomas, who took charge of the club when Hinckley Athletic and Hinckley Town merged in 1997.
"It is with great sadness that I feel I can no longer take this club forward. We like to see improvements every season but, unfortunately, this just has not been achievable.
"The last three seasons have been seen as a constant battle against massive financial problems both for me, the players and the club, which has been well documented.
"I would like to wish all the board the very best in the future."