MARYBOROUGH is without a senior coach after the shock resignation of Jeff Brennan.
Brennan, who resigned on Tuesday, said he wanted to stay on at the club but he couldn't commit to the job because the committee "wasn't on the same page" as the football department.
"Some of the decisions by the club are hindering the football department's ability to help the players develop,'' Brennan said.
"When I got the job at Maryborough last year I built a strong football department and 2013 was always going to be about developing and directing the playing list.
"From 2012 to when we took charge we had lost 31 players and we ended up having no under-18 side.
"So 2013 was development with a plan surrounding a recruiting campaign for 2014 to give our young playing group some more experienced players to help them develop.
"The retention of our good players is based around the recruiting of players to enable them the chance to play in a successful team.
"It's become evident that the club couldn't provide the football department with the resources for our plan to go ahead and be competitive in a strong competition like the BFNL."
Brennan's assistant coach Warren Roberts and reserves coach Brendon Tranter, a club legend at Maryborough, have also stepped down.
Maryborough president Mick Reid said there was no angst between the club and Brennan.
"We couldn't offer Jeff the resources he needed,'' Reid said.
"We still believe we've got enough resources to keep us viable, but we just couldn't go down the track Jeff wanted. It's disappointing, but we won't be holding him to ransom."
The Magpies had a tough 2013. The senior side finished second-last, winning three of 16 games, while the lack of an under-18 side is arguably the club's biggest issue.
"The bottom line is that we have to be sustainable,'' Reid said.
"We don't have the resources of some of the Bendigo clubs, but we'll keep fighting.
"We've appointed Peter Egan as under-18 coach and we're confident we'll have an under-18 side next year.
"We're not in an ideal situation, but we'll get through this."