Greenock Morton chairman Crawford Rae has explained why former Crystal Palace and Livingston man David Hopkin has left Cappielow.

Hopkin’s departure from the team he grew up supporting and one he has now been a player, assistant manager and gaffer at has been confirmed. The Crystal Palace legend resigned from his post with Morton seventh in the Championship table.

The Crystal Palace legend has walked away. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

They sit in the same position after six games as they did when the season was brought to a premature end last term. Assistant Manager, Anton McElhone, will take over as interim boss with senior players in Chris Millar, Jim McAlister and Brian McLean giving him a hand.

Chairman Rae has stated that due to the financial impacts of Covid-19, Hopkin has decided to walk away in a ‘selfless act’: “Hoppy has been an inspiration since he joined the Club and has worked tirelessly to try and regain the success that has evaded us for so long.

“I spoke to Hoppy on numerous occasions about coming to the club as our manager, and he said it was the one club that he wanted to get to the top flight.

Crawford has spoken on the former Crystal Palace and Livingston man's departure.

Crawford has spoken on the former Crystal Palace and Livingston man’s departure. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Unfortunately, the vision and plans we discussed changed dramatically due to the Covid pandemic and we found ourselves having to deal with a completely different football landscape.  This was very difficult for me, Hoppy and everyone involved with the club, but we had to adapt to the situation we found ourselves in.

“I discussed budgets with Hoppy this morning and we looked at possible ways to improve our financial position.  In a selfless act he said he would resign if that would help the club financially.  We talked about this at some length and I eventually, and reluctantly, accepted his resignation.

“The simple fact is that Greenock Morton, like other football clubs, has generated little to no income as the pandemic has raged across the country and we have had to contend with empty terraces week after week.

Can’t go on without fans. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

“The furlough scheme has partially helped and the Scottish Government announcement about funding is welcome, if very late, but like so many other businesses at the moment we need to generate considerably more revenue if we are to survive.

“Fortunately the news about a vaccine has provided a ray of light that we hope will result in fans being allowed back into grounds at some point next year. In the meantime we would ask our fans to support the club in any way they can.”

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