FORMER Fingal hurling manager Willie Bourke has insisted that personal issues were the reason for his decision to step down after only twelve months in the job.The Brigid's man guided Fingal to both the Kehoe Shield and Division Three title while also steering the minors to success in the C championship in 2012. However there was a feeling that with no promotion offered from Division three for 2013 and no Nicky Rackard Championship involvement for a second season running that this might have impacted on his decision. The Dublin County Board had approached the former Fingal goalkeeper last week with a view to extending his term but Bourke unfortunately had already made his mind up. 'Between work and personal issues I just didn't think it would be fair on players if I couldn't commit fully and at this moment in time I just can't do that,' he said. Bourke becomes the third manager in as many seasons to leave the post but believes that the Fingal hurling project has plenty to offer. 'Denis Murphy was there three years and then Ben Dorney came in and while I have no idea why he stepped down I agreed to step in. 'It suited me at the time because my wife was at home with her new baby, but she is now back working so the circumstances have changed.' Bourke's decision not to stay on means that the Fingal hurling post remains the only one of the county teams within the Dublin County Board's remit left to be filled. Fingal are due to take on DCU in the opening road of the Kehoe Cup on the 20th January and in the absence of a manager, the players have resumed light physical training. Bourke may still continue on as minor team boss for next season's Championship and admits there is plenty to look forward to in 2013. 'I thoroughly enjoyed my time both as a player and a manager and I think if we were involved in the Nicky Rackard we wouldn't be far off it. 'We came very close to winning it in our first year involved. I think we underestimated Sligo a bit, but we came up against a very good player that day in Keith Raymond,' he added.