Darren Freeman is stepping down as Lewes boss.

The former Albion striker will take charge for the final time when Cray Wanderers visit the Dripping Pan tomorrow.

Freeman has been working part-time for agency SportsTotal and is leaving to take up what he has described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ in a full-time role.

Ross Standen and Tony Coade will act as caretaker managers while Rooks chiefs decide on their next step.

They hope as many fans as possible will make it to the game to show their support for the team and say goodbye to Freeman.

His four-year tenure will be remembered for the club’s first promotion in more a decade.

In a statement, Freeman wrote: “All good things come to an end and today that moment has come for me as my time at this fantastic football club has come to an end.

“I have always prided myself on giving everything 100% of my attention.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the miles you’ve driven, the trains you have ridden, games you’ve attended home and away and chants you’ve started.

“Your support has been amazing and something I will cherish and remember for ever.

“Unfortunately, my new role at SportsTotal simply does not allow me to give Lewes Football Club the attention it needs so it is with a heavy heart I have decided to step down as first team manager.

“I am not going to be a stranger at the football club and hope to see you all soon.”