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Paul Tisdale leaves Exeter City after 12 years

The 45-year-old, who went to school in Somerset, had a contract that was due to expire in October. Photo: PA

Paul Tisdale has left Exeter City after 12 years managing the Devon-based football club.

The 45-year-old, who went to school in Somerset, had a contract that was due to expire in October.

Following on from Arsene Wenger's departure from Arsenal, Tisdale was the longest-serving boss in English football's top 4 divisions.

Most recently City saw their promotion hopes dashed as they lost in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on 28 May 2018.

The Grecians were also unsuccessful in the same fixture the year before.

Tisdale famously led City from Conference to League One after securing two consecutive promotions from 2008.

Most recently City saw their promotion hopes dashed as they lost in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on 28 May 2018. Credit: PA

Exeter City has been negotiating a new, significantly improved, contract with its manager Paul Tisdale for many months, having commenced this process in the middle of 2017.

The time extended and formally advised to Paul for him to provide an answer to the question as to whether he was to sign the new contract which was offered to him, so he would continue as the club’s manager has now passed. The club is sad to report that Paul therefore will be leaving after 12 years as manager.

– Exeter City Football Club

Regretfully, Paul has decided not to sign. We wish him the best of luck for the future and would like to thank him for his commitment to our club over the last 12 years. He has been a dedicated and successful manager, well respected both inside the Club and equally so in football generally and ever popular with players staff and volunteers, having worked so extremely hard to bring Exeter City to where we are today.

Our offer of a new contract to Paul came with our express desire that he sign it in order to allow the club to plan and go forward with certainty. It is of course entirely Paul’s prerogative that he should choose to let the club’s deadline for a decision pass, but we are now at the point where we must move on and unexpectedly plan for a future without Paul as our manager.

– Julian Tagg, chairman of Exeter City Football Club