Charlie King’s stint as St Andrews United manager has come to an end

United were scheduled to face Edinburgh United on Saturday but admitted that a lack of bodies has resulted in their being unable to play for various reasons.

The club announced the news on Friday night while also confirming that former Brechin City striker King had left his role.

A club statement said: “Our squad was overwhelmed with injuries, illness and isolation, while attempts to register new players were not completed on time.

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“Another illness behind the scenes has recently had an impact on the club’s operations and we wish those affected a speedy recovery.

“Please note that the manager’s decision to resign did not affect this situation.

“We therefore apologize for the inconvenience that has arisen tomorrow for those involved, especially our hosts.”

Speaking to King, Saints added that it was “with regret” that the two went their separate ways.

“Charlie has been considering his position for a few weeks and decided yesterday to offer his resignation, which was received with a heavy heart,” said the club.

“There is no question that Charlie has worked incredibly hard as a boss over the past 18 months and it is very unfortunate that the results at the park do not reflect that commitment.

“In fact, the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic has put an enormous strain on the football club as well as the coaches and players.

“As a result, the manager worked under the constraints of income cuts, bladder training, invalidated league campaigns, locked showers and changing rooms, the imposition of travel restrictions and short-term player isolation.

“The current injury situation and the fight for a replacement have also taken their toll on the squad, but Charlie’s decision was not taken lightly.

“The deputy manager Drew Fleming will also be leaving this weekend and the club wishes both men all the best for the future.”