Out-going Halesowen Town boss Martin O'Connor wished his former employers all the best for the future after his 12-month tenure came to a surprise conclusion on Sunday morning.

O'Connor and assistant Graham Hyde were sacked following the news the up for sale club had been sold to new owners.

The Former Birmingham City and Wasall star who took over in the Yeltz hot seat last November from Paul Holleran guided the club to within touching distance of the play-offs last season and leaves with an impressive record of only eight league defeats under his stewardship.

The decsion to relieve him of his duties did not come as a complete surprsie to the 39-year-old.

He said: "Ever since the club was put up for sale I was realistic to know that new owners would probably want their own man in charge.

"I think I can leave the club with my head held high because I believe this club is in a better position now than when I took over.

"I think my record is good and on a personal note I am now a better manager, coach and person.

"I would like to thank the club for giving me and Graham this opportunity and wish everyone here all the best in the future.

"I'm not a selfish man and the news that the club has got new owners secures their future which is the main importance."

O'Connor who hopes to get back into football at the earliest opportunity also praised the fans for their support and just wished he could have gone out on a higher note rather their feeble 3-0 loss away to Evesham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

He said: "The fans have been terrific to me from day one and I would like to thank them for that.

"I now hope they give the same support as they did for me when I took over to the new management team.

"The only regret I have is the way we performed on Saturday following our impressive win against Kings Lynn on Tuesday."