BRIDGWATER United Football Club has relieved manager Dave Pearse from his duties after the club's defeat on Saturday (November 18).

Despite the loss, Bridgwater sit in second place in the Toolstation Western League and still remain in the FA Vase competition.

According to Pearse, the club felt change was needed.

"It's with a heavy heart my time at Bridgwater United has come to end as I have been relieved of my duties," he said.

"I would have liked to seen it to through to the end of the season with so much to play for (2nd in league in 3 Cup comps) but the club felt change was required."

In his time with the Robins, Pearse has brought silverware to Bridgwater for the first time in 17 years, took the team on its joint furthest FA Vase run and maintained a very respectable win ratio.

In his six plus years in charge, Pearse has built a strong relationship with his players and too with the fans. He truly has endeared himself to the club.

Pearse said he is really proud of what the club and his team have achieved in his time with Bridgwater United.

"It will always hold a special place in my heart and has become a 2nd home, I have met so many amazing people and have so many memories to cherish," Pearse added.

"So many thank yous to players staff volunteers and who have been there during my time I can't thank you enough."

And to the supporters, who all seem to respect Pearse a lot, he said: "A massive special thank you to all the supporters who supported me through thick and thin.

"You have captured my heart and I hope you enjoyed the football during my regime. I will miss you all. I wish everyone at the club all the best for the future."

On social media, Bridgwater United fans have expressed their disappointment with the decision.

One said: "You should be very proud mate of what you’ve achieved. Your time and efforts at the club won’t be forgotten."

And another added: "Sorry to hear that mate, you are the best man for the job there. You've built something amazing there over many years. Whoever takes over has a hell of a job now filling your shoes."

Taunton Town FC manager Rob Dray, who once had Dave Pearse under him when he managed at Bridgwater expressed support as well.

"Done your job well, no one can take that away, good work Dave," Dray said.

In terms of who will lead the club in the matches that follow this week and next, and for the rest of the season, it is still unknown.

Bridgwater United FC have not posted about Dave Pearse's departure on their website nor social media pages.