Statement from Barry Hunter, Chairman
"Beardy has been offered an opportunity with Brighton and Hove Albion that he couldn't turn down. We have been extremely proud of having someone of Beardy's quality and pedigree be a part of our club for such a lengthy period. Not only has he led our Senior 1st Team but under his management Loxwood won the Sussex Youth Cup and Southern Youth Football League
"I speak for the whole club when I say how much we are going to miss him and how much we wish him every success in his extended role at Brighton & Hove Albion.
"Our Director of Football, Dave Cocoracchio, will take on first team management duties for the rest of the season, at which point Dave and I will consider future plans."
Statement from Mark Beard
"This is a decision I haven't taken lightly but one that makes most sense for my work and career. I have had 4 great years at Loxwood, it's a great club that does things the right way. The addition of a whole junior section this season makes clear their intent to be a great Community Club.
"I will certainly keep close links with the Club and I do wish them continued success. I have loved every minute of my time at Loxwood. I would like to thank my staff for all their hard work and all the players for their efforts over the past few seasons, it's been a pleasure working with them"