The resignation of Mark Burke as boss of Hitchin Town after 11 years brought a whole host of tributes from former players and fellow managers.

The long-standing Canaries boss stepped down on Tuesday "with a heavy heart" after a run of 11 straight defeats in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

And a whole host of people took to social media to say thank you, with his former player and assistant manager, Brett Donnelly, leading the praise.

The now Stotfold manager said: "I can’t thank this bloke enough. Brought me back to my hometown club after three unsuccessful stints and gave me the best times of my career.

"A great man, friend and gaffer who to this day is always on the end of the phone for me.

"Great run and deserves every plaudit he’s gonna get."

The club's women's team said: "The success he has built in those 11 years at the club should not be shadowed or forgotten about.

"A true club legend and it’s a huge thank you from us, for the enjoyable seasons."

Another ex-player, Matt Lench, joined in.

He said: "The man who gave me a chance in senior football. One of a kind, committed, loyal, funny and a friend for life.

"He made the players no one wanted into players everyone wanted and always did it in his truly unique way.

"Eleven brilliant years and four of my most treasured."

Lewis Rolfe, who spent six seasons at Top Field, said: "I'm gutted for him that it’s ended on a negative run but what an innings he’s had.

"Gave me some of my best memories in non-league and gave me a chance when I was young.

"A great manager and even better person. I wish you all the best."

George Brinkman called him "Mr Hitchin" while Freddie Cardy, lead commentator on Hitchin Town radio, simply said he was "one of a kind".

Royston Town manager Chris Watters added: "Shame to see you’re stepping down Burkey.

"You deserve all the plaudits I’m reading. Hopefully see you back in a dugout soon."