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Plymouth Argyle Ladies were rocked to hear this week that manager Travis Rowland was to stand down as manager of the team with immediate effect.
Rowland, who lives and works in the Newton Abbot area, is unable to commit to the club and has decided to stand down for personal reasons.
Regarded as one of the finest managers at this level, the 29-year-old has spent on and off seven years at the club first as a coach and then as a manager for the last 18 months.
Rowland said: "I am gutted to leave but it is only in the last couple of weeks that I realized that there was a niggling doubt in my mind about taking the club to a higher level and I had to be honest not only to myself but to the girls and the club. If I am not fully committed then how can I expect the girls to accept that."
Rowland revealed that he had been approached by Western League club Buckland Athletic to be an assistant manager but turned it down.
Rowland added: "I want to get back to playing and it would be unfair to my partner, who is a teacher, to be playing on a Saturday and then being away with the girls on a Sunday. I have had a fantastic 18 months in charge and could not be more proud of the girls. I would love to have stayed but it would have been unfair to all if I left in mid-season."
The club issued a statement saying: "Following last week's end of season presentation evening, manager Travis Rowland has announced he is stepping down as First Team Manager.
"Last season Travis led the team to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, quarter finals of the FA Women's Premier League Cup, won the Devon FA Women's Senior County Cup and won the FA Women's Premier League SW Division 1 title."
During the 2017-18 campaign, the team finished the season undefeated in the league, winning 16 games and only drawing two. The team also beat a number of teams in a higher league during the three fantastic cup runs.
A club spokesman said: "Travis' record speaks for itself and this past season has been one of the most successful in the clubs history. He leaves the club in a fantastic position and we wish him all the best in his future."
Travis added: "I have had a brilliant 18 months leading these girls and I wouldn't change a thing. I have learnt a lot about myself and I hope I have stayed true to my values that I set out with.
"The support I've had from the committee and from Trevor (Rodd) in particular has been sensational and I cannot thank them enough. The season was tough on both players and coaching staff, but we managed to come out of it with an invincible season and the county cup.
"I would have loved to have taken my girls into the National League South next season but for personal reasons this is something that I am unable to do; and it was the hardest football decision I have had to make knowing that I'd be stepping away from a club that I've spent a lot of the last seven years with. I wish the club and my girls all the success in the world for next season; I'll be keeping my eye on the progress that they make."
The committee are currently in discussions with a new management team, which will be announced shortly.
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