CHIPSTEAD have sacked their manager Kevin Rayner after a poor start to their Ryman League Division One South campaign.
Rayner, who took over at High Road in May after joining from Guildford City, has left the club with the Chips languishing in 22nd in the Ryman League Division One South.
Rayner oversaw just three wins in 13 league games, but they won their last match 2-1 away at Eastbourne Town to move up one place in the table.
And Rayner, who took the Chips for training on Thursday night before being relieved of his duties by chairman Mick Ford on Friday morning, believes the club "panicked".
"It wasn't my choice to leave; I found out on Friday morning and I was a bit surprised and a bit peed off," he admitted.
"I was surprised because I had spoken to Mick Ford and said if we didn't win at Eastbourne Town and then the run of home games then i would expect something to happen, but we got the result at Eastbourne.
"I wasn't panicking; we have a good squad."
In a statement on the club website, Chipstead have thanked Rayner for his efforts during his time at the club.
The statement read: "Kevin Rayner has left the club. Chipstead will announce a new manager in the next few days.
"We would like to thank Kevin for all his hard work at the club, and wish him well in the future."
Chipstead were without a game at the weekend, but are due to host league leaders Walton Casuals tomorrow night (Tuesday).