Steve Brown has quit as manager of Lewes.

The former Charlton defender offered his resignation after last night’s 2-1 defeat at Burgess Hill and it was accepted this morning.

Brown joined Lewes in March on an interim basis and was appointed permanently in the summer.

The Rooks are currently 20th in Ryman premier.

Brown had found it difficult to recruit the players with a budget which was reduced in the summer and felt it was the right time tos tep aside.

He told The Argus: "I resigned last night. The club accepted it this morning.

"It is nothing to do with results. It is just an issue with how it is set up. My assistant manager has been playing every week so I have had no support in the dugout which makes it very difficult in the dressing room.

"When you are putting together a squad of young players to try to improve the infrastructure of the squad you need help.

"I feel like my hands are tied. I am not here to pitch any blame at anybody or make excuses but you have to enjoy what you do and the enjoyment factor left a few weeks ago."

Jay Lovett, along with Martin Hinshelwood and development squad manager Steve Eke will take care of first team affairs for Saturday’s vist of Billericay Town.

More in The Argus tomorrow.