The Redditch United manager has stepped down after being charged with drugs and weapons offences. 

Redditch United said Matt Clarke has "stepped down with immediate effect" from the men's first team today (Wednesday, May 15). 

The 50-year-old of Turntable Avenue, Bromsgrove, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and criminal damage to property valued under £5,000. 

A spokesperson for Redditch United said: "We can today confirm that Matt Clarke has stood down as Men’s First Team Manager with immediate effect.

"Matt has recently been defending himself over a number of allegations that followed his arrest and bail on February 14th. Matt was then issued with a temporary suspension due to the nature of the charges.

"A hearing was scheduled at Worcester Crown Court yesterday, which followed previous appearances that had already been delayed on several occasions. The case was adjourned again with a new date set for June. Matt will continue to defend himself in what has become a protracted court case, well outside of the initially expected timescales.

"It has been concluded that a new manager is required to provide greater certainty for the club, its supporters and the current playing squad, as important plans continue ahead of the new season.

"We would like to thank our supporters for their patience in what has been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone."

The news comes almost three months after Redditch United announced Mr Clarke had taken an "immediate break" from his role due to "personal reasons".

He previously managed Halesowen and Evesham and re-joined Redditch four years ago.

Redditch United has said it welcomes applications for the Men’s First Team Manager position and will act swiftly in making a new appointment.

All applications should be directed to