Stephen Baxter: Long-serving boss to leave Crusaders at the end of the season

Long-serving Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter will leave the club at the end of the season.

Baxter, who has been at the helm for 19 years, is the longest serving manager in world football.

During his tenure, Baxter has guided Crusaders to three Irish Premiership titles, four Irish Cups, a League Cup success and three County Antrim Shield wins.

Crusaders currently sit fifth in the Irish Premiership table.

In a statement on the club website, Baxter said, "After long consideration I feel that now is the time to plan for the club's future and I have informed the chairman of my decision to step away at the end of the season.

"It has been an honour and privilege for me to serve the club and the special memories we created together will forever be ingrained in our hearts."

He added: "I would like to thank all the players, staff, board members and our incredible fans who have walked this journey with me from start to finish. It's been an incredible ride.

"Planning now gives the club time to prepare for the next chapter but rest assured with a number of points still needed to make the play-offs, it will be foot to the mat to the end of the season as we chase another European adventure."