Huntly chairman George Clark says they will take their time in appointing a replacement for Charlie Charlesworth.
The Black and Golds are searching for a new manager after Charlesworth decided to resign for personal reasons.
Christie Park chief Clark says the decision shocked the club’s board and that they won’t rush into finding a replacement.
In the meantime, Charlesworth’s assistant, Martin Skinner, will take charge of the team.
Clark said: “The club is disappointed, Charlie had made up his mind to step back.
“It’s with deep regret that we accepted his decision. But we leave on very good terms and we wish him all the very best for the future.
“It has come as a fair bit of a surprise to us so we’re going to take time to take stock and have a look around the market.
“We invite applications from people who may be interested in the post and we’ll then come to a decision. It’s a bolt from the blue from our point of view but we just have to deal with it and move forward again.
“We’ll look at all applicants of whatever background. We’d be interested to hear from anyone interested in the position.
“Whoever takes over will inherit a good young squad to work with.”
Charlesworth said: “I have had 100% support throughout my tenure. The club have been nothing short of tremendous with me.
“The club has a great squad at its disposal, I hope they can find a suitable replacement quickly to unlock the potential it possesses.”
He took over from Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson in November and helped them finish 11th in the Highland League last term.
Huntly opened this season with a 3-2 home defeat to Turriff United on Saturday.