The former Norwich midfielder said he was not the right man to take the team forward.
“It builds up. All this (media) has become a bit of a burden,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“With Alessandro coming, the whole thing has become a bit bigger.
“It’s become a bit of a weight on my shoulders, to be honest with you, and I haven’t handled it that well.”
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