West Ham Ladies manager Mark Saunderson has today followed captain Becky Merritt and goalkeeper Toni Anne Wayne in quitting the club.
The departure comes after the Ladies lost 5-1 at Watford in the FA Cup third round and after a largely frustrating season which has seen the Hammers win just three games out of 12 in the FA Women's Premier League South.
A club statement, released earlier this morning, read: "Today we announce with regret that the First Team Manager, Mark Saunderson has left the club with immediate effect.
"After speaking with the Chairman it was decided that it would be best for both parties and the Chairman accepted Mr Saunderson resignation.
"Today we have an important County Cup Match and Steve Spence with the support of Julia Setford we be in charge."
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By David Blackmore
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