BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent have parted company with manager Kem Izzet.

Former Colchester United favourite Izzet has left North Road, after a disappointing start to the new Pitching In Isthmian League Premier season.

Brightlingsea made their decision following their 4-0 defeat at Horsham, on Saturday.

The R's currently sit second from bottom in the table after seven matches, having managed only one win so far in the league.

In a statement, Brightlingsea said: 'The club would like to place on record its thanks to Kem and his staff for the service to the club and wish Kem all the very best in the future.

'The club is now working hard to install a new manager, any developments will be posted onto our website once known.'

Izzet was appointed as Brightlingsea manager in October 2019.

He took over an R's side who were one place and one point above the premier division drop zone, replacing Tom Rothery in the hot seat.

Writing on his Twitter account, Izzet said: 'Would like to wish @Brightlingseafc and players all the best for the rest of the season.

'Results and performances haven’t exactly been great so they decided to part ways. That’s football'.

Izzet made more than 400 appearances for the U's, many as skipper – between 2001 and 2013.

He was granted a testimonial by the club, twice named young player-of-the-year and inducted into the U’s hall of fame in 2011.

Izzet's finest hour was helping Colchester secure promotion to the Championship as League One runners-up in 2006.

After leaving the club, he spent three years at Needham Market, where he combined his playing duties with being heavily involved with the club’s Academy set-up.

He also managed Stanway Rovers from May 2017 until June 2018, guiding the club to an eight-place finish in the Thurlow Nunn League, alongside assistant Karl Duguid.