VINCE Overson has quit Padiham to become the new manager of Ramsbottom United.

The former Burnley defender has been installed as the permanent replacement for Andy Grimshaw just two months after taking over the reins at the Arbories.

But despite his short stay, Storks secretary Alan Smith insists the club fully understands his decision.

"There's no animosity whatsoever," said Smith. "We knew from the beginning that Vince was looking to get on in management at a higher level and we were aware of his plans.

"We had an understanding that if he was looking at another job he would let us know, so we haven't been left in the lurch.

"He needed experience with us but he was always going to progress as and when he could.

"He brought a lot of professionalism to training, match days and the way we prepared for games.

"We wish him all the best and hope he is successful at Ramsbottom. He's come here and put a lot of time in and we're positive he'll do the same there."

Ged Walsh, Overson's next door neighbour, has been in charge at the Riverside since Grimshaw quit last month.

They were without a game on Saturday when their North West Counties Division One game with Warrington Town was rained off.

Overson took charge of Padiham for the last time on the same day, leading them to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Town in NWCL Division Two.

Another former Burnley player, Andy Farrell, has been put in caretaker charge of Padiham, while Overson's predecessor Graham Haworth will continue to assist in the running of the first team.

Smith added: "He's came down when Vince was here to train and play, and he's interested in management so we hope he can continue where Vince left off.

"Graham is still here to help Andy, so it was the same situation we had with Vince."

Overson's first game in charge will be at Skelmersdale United in Division One tomorrow night (7.45pm).