Bobby Crutchley has announced his resignation as head coach of the England and Great Britain men’s hockey teams with immediate effect.

Crutchley, who led England’s men to two Commonwealth medals since succeeding Joe Lee as head coach in 2013, has decided to persue a new challenge.

"It has been an incredibly difficult decision to resign, particularly considering how much both the teams mean to me, but I feel the time is right to step down," said Crutchley.

"With medals at the European Championships in 2017 and Commonwealth Games in 2018, I think the squad is in a great place to push on to the next level.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside so many great athletes and support staff over the years. I am looking forward to a fresh challenge and excited how I can use my experience to help support coaches and athletes in the future.”

 In a career that first began as a player, making 80 international caps, before transitioning into assistant coach and head coach, Crutchley was involved in more than 500 international matches.

During his time as part of the men’s coaching team, his achievements include winning the 2009 European Championship while assistant coach and leading England to Commonwealth bronze medals at both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.