CRAIG Jones, Worcester City's interim boss, opens up on the departure of former manager Ashley Vincent saying that the team feel an "overwhelming sense of guilt".

Vincent and his coaching staff of Marlon Walters and Gaz Rogers stepped down from their role earlier this month after the 3-2 defeat to Shepshed Dynamo in the FA Vase second-round.

Jones, who is also the club captain, has taken the reigns until a permanent manager is brought in and was very matter of fact about the situation.

"As playing staff we have let them down massively, all of us," he said.

"The gaffer (Ashley Vincent), Marley (Marlon Walters), Gaz (Rogers), great blokes, great footballing lads who put a lot of time and effort in and there’s an overwhelming sense of guilt amongst the lads, we’ve let them down.

"Obviously we respect the gaffer’s decision because he felt like he wasn’t getting the best out of us but I think that’s down to us to be honest."

Jones has been in the role for less than a week and says it's been a challenge but one that has come at a good time for him personally.

"I’ve got a few more grey hairs than when I was playing, don’t know what my missus looks like anymore," he joked.

"But in all seriousness I’ve been playing with an injury for a long time and I'm waiting on a date for a scan from the hospital, so it kind of made sense for me not to play because I’ve been struggling to walk really.

"I’ve been playing through the pain barrier.

"It gives me a bit more time to be a bit more hands on with this interim manager role but it’s good."

When asked if this was something he would take on full time, he was quick to put that to bed.

"Purely an interim role,

"I’m still young and able enough to play and once the injury is cleared that’s what I want to do, to keep playing for as long as I can.

"But obviously in the meantime I want to help the football club for as long as they need me to and I will until they find a suitable man to come in, which I am sure they will soon."