Following Saturday's humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Barnet, Mark Patterson has resigned from his position as manager of Nationwide Conference club Leigh RMI with immediate effect after barely a year in the job.
The RMI Board of Directors reluctantly accepted Patterson's letter of resignation following the 4-1 defeat at home to Barnet.
Assistant-manager Phil Starbuck will take temporary charge of the first team until
director Alan Leach returns from his holiday, at which point the directors will discuss the next step which will be taken in order to find a new manager.
Patterson (pictured) felt that he had taken the club as far as he could and didn't feel he had the ability to turn around RMI's current run of poor form which has seen them fail to register a victory in nearly ten outings.
It is unclear as yet whether Patterson will continue in his role as RMI commercial manager or severe all ties with the club.