Hakan Hayrettin has stepped down from his role as First Team Manager at Braintree Town with immediate effect.

The club revealed on Monday evening that he had departed and is believed to be heading to take up a position with fellow Vanarama National League strugglers Maidstone United.

Iron chairman Lee Harding said the club’s board would be discussing the matter on Thursday night.

In the interim, they have asked Assistant Manager Danny Searle to take on the First Team manager’s role.

Harding thanked Hayrettin for his second spell at the Club.

In a statement on the club website, he said: "When Hakan offered to help in October, we'd won only once in fifteen matches and then, with the same players, immediately picked up seven points from the next three games.

“Sadly, with some players not secured on contract, it was then easy for other clubs to tempt some away, and results then suffered. Recently we've seen the benefits of the re-building work that both Hakan and Danny have been putting in place and results over the past month or so have started to improve. We wish Hakan all the best for the future.”