ANDY DIBBLE admitted it was a huge wrench to leave Accrington Stanley.
The goalkeeping coach has joined Championship side Coventry City in the same role this week.
"It wasn't something I went looking for," said the 41-year-old. "I have loved every minute of my time at Stanley and it all came out of the blue.
"But it was too good a career opportunity to turn down. I have had quite a few rejections in my 20-odd year career, from top clubs as well, but I found telling John (Coleman) I was leaving harder than any rejection I have ever had to take."
The former Wales international continued: "I really appreciate Accrington giving me the opportunity to coach.
"I have learnt a lot and enjoyed working with all the goalkeepers and John has just let me get on with it.
"In my first season we won the Conference and John and the players deservedly got all the plaudits and I only played a bit part but it was great to be involved.
"It ranks as one of the best moments in my career.
"I hope there are more great times for the club and I will be keeping in touch."