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February 14, 2016

2015/2016 Sky Bet League Two Managerial Casualties

To date there are 11 Managerial Casualties in League Two.

Meanwhile, there have been 5 in the Premier, 13 in the Championship and 13 in League One.

February 2016

Ronnie Moore (Hartlepool United) :- Mutual Consent, 10th February 2016.

Hartlepool United and Ronnie Moore parted ways following a run of seven defeats in nine League Two games, which left the relegation-threatened club one place above the drop zone in 22nd.

Moore took charge of Hartlepool towards the end of December 2004, and went on to miraculously save the club from relegation out of the Football League, completing their great escape in their penultimate match.

The Monkey Hangers enjoyed a cracking start to the current campaign, winning their opening four games in all competitions, however they have since picked up just five victories from their following 29 fixtures (in 90 minutes) in all competitions.

Teddy Sheringham (Stevenage Borough) :- Sacked, 1st February 2016.

He may have played at the top level but Sheringham’s short spell at League Two’s Stevenage Borough came to an end when he was sacked having only taken charge of the club for 33 games – winning just seven.

Sheringham, who ventured into the managerial arena with the Boro in May 2015, was been axed following a poor run of form which left the club 19th in the fourth-tier. Stevenage had been without a win in eight matches, with the 2-1 defeat to relegation-rivals York proving to be the final straw, as Sheringham became the 10th League Two boss to lose his job this season.

January 2016

Ian Hendon (Leyton Orient) :- Sacked, 18th January 2016.

Leyton Orient officially confirmed the sacking of head coach Ian Hendon, two days after the news first surfaced. On Saturday numerous reports revealed that the League Two outfit had sent Hendon packing, however the 11th-placed club remained tight-lipped until the morning of the 18th).

Hendon, who took charge at Brisbane Road in the summer, oversaw a bright start to life with the O’s – winning his first five league games – however, a poor run of just four victories from their following 21 games, including Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Exeter, cost him his job.

John Sheridan (Newport County) :- Moved to Oldham, 13th January 2016.

John Sheridan traded his post at League Two side Newport County in order to re-join his former club Oldham Athletic in League One. Sheridan himself only took charge of Newport back in October following the departure of Terry Butcher, with the 51-year-old going on to win five of his 17 matches at the relegation threatened club, with whom he leaves three points above the drop zone in 20th.

Sheridan previously managed Oldham between 2006 and 2009, while he also has two prior stints as caretaker manager (2001, and 2003-2004). During his time at Boundary Park the Englishman led the Latics into the League One play-offs, before going on to manage Chesterfield, Plymouth, and now Newport.

December 2015

Ricardo Moniz (Notts County) :- Sacked, 29th December 2015.

Notts County parted ways with head coach Ricardo Moniz and his backroom staff. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach, who was only appointed in April 2015, exits the League Two club following a run of four defeats in eight matches, leaving the Magpies 15th in the table – seven points adrift of the play-offs.

Moniz was unable to prevent the Magpies from dropping down to the fourth-tier last term, and the club’s mixed form during the current campaign has resulted in County chairman Ray Trew wielding the axe.

Wayne Burnett (Dagenham & Redbridge) :- Sacked, 21st December 2015.

Dagenham & Redbridge sacked boss Wayne Burnett following an awful first-half of the season, during which the club have registered just two wins from 22 League Two matches, leaving them rock-bottom of the Football League at Christmas.

Burnett took caretaker charge of the club back in February 2013, before landing the job on a permanent basis in May that year after he oversaw the club’s League Two survival. Burnett went on to enjoying a cracking debut campaign in the dugout, leading the Daggers to 9th in the table in 2013/14, followed by 14th last term.

However, the club have endured a torrid time this term, with Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Bristol Rovers proving to be the final straw.

John Still (Luton Town) :- Sacked, 17th December 2015.

Luton Town have sacked John Still after two-and-a-half-years in charge at Kenilworth Road. Still was appointed back in February 2013, and went on to lead Luton into the Football League (2014), before steering his troops to 8th iin League Two last term – missing out on the play-offs by just a single point.

Luton started the current campaign slowly, failing to win any of their opening five matches. However, from September to early October the club were virtually unstoppable, registering six wins from seven matches in all competitions, although this was abruptly followed by a five game winless streak.

In the first-half of November the Hatters stormed back to winning ways, carving out three consecutive victories, but they’ve since failed to win any of their five matches, losing the last four on the spin, resulting in Still becoming the fifth fourth-tier casualty of the season.

Paul Sturrock (Yeovil Town) :- Sacked, 1st December 2015.

Yeovil Town sacked Paul Sturrock following a 12 game winless run, leaving the club rock-bottom of the Football League. Sturrock took charge of the Glovers back in April, replacing acting boss Terry Skiverton in the dugout after the club were effectively relegated down to League One.

The current campaign has been equally miserable. The Somerset outfit have registered just 11 points from 20 league games, scraping just two wins in the process, with Sturrock’s final match a 2-0 defeat to Northampton.

November 2015

Richard Money (Cambridge United) :- Sacked – Monday 1st November 2015.

Cambridge United parted ways with veteran gaffer Richard Money following Saturday’s defeat to Bristol Rovers. The loss left the League Two club 18th in the table, with 20 points from 16 matches.

Money had been at the helm since 2012, leading his troops into the Football League in 2014, before preserving their League Two status last season, earning him a fresh three-year contract.

However, the club’s inconsistency this term – five wins, five draws and six defeats – has seen the board wield the axe, with Money subsequently becoming the third fourth-tier boss to lose his job this season.

October 2015

Russ Wilcox (York City) :- Sacked – Monday 26th October 2015.

York City axed Russ Wilcox following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon, which was the club’s ninth game without a win. The struggling League Two outfit had won two games all season, leaving them 21st in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

Wilcox had been in charge of the Minstermen since October 2014 when he replaced Nigel Worthington in the dugout. Come the end of the season the 51-year-old had steered the club to an 18th place finish; 11 points above the relegation zone.

Terry Butcher (Newport County) :- Sacked – Thursday 1st October 2015.

Newport County became the first League Two club to lose their manager this season after parting company with boss Terry Butcher. The former England skipper only took charge of the South Wales side back in April, but just 12 games later and he finds himself back in the Job Centre.

The news surprised few considering Newport’s rotten start to the season, which saw the club win just one of their opening 10 league games, leaving them rock-bottom of the table. Meanwhile, they were also dumped out of both the League Cup and Football League Trophy at the first hurdle.

September 2015


(The list below is provided for those who are keen to make the merry-go-round spin more quickly.)

” Turned aggressively on his own supporters.”

” Taken the club as far as he can.”

” Lost the dressing room.”

” Continually sticks with his favourites in the squad.”

” Chops and changes the team too often.”

” Need a new boss to take the club to another level”.

” Tactically naïve, especially when playing the top six clubs at home.”

” Okay in non-league but lacks experience and knowhow for this division.”

” Far too much emphasis on the use of wingers in the second half of games.”

” Employs the wrong tactics to get promotion in this division.”

” An experienced no-nonsense manager should be appointed.”

” We need a manager that plays a consistent team and does not keep tinkering.”

” A manager capable of maintaining strict discipline on the field is needed.”

” The manager has a worrying tendency to blow it in the big league matches.”

” Places too much faith in the older midfield players.”

” We need a gaffer that has been there and done it at this level and the level above.”

” A manager with a wider range of contacts is needed.”

” Misleading and ridiculous comments to the media.”

” Too many untried players are given games when they are not ready yet.”

” The manager has failed to get the best out of the players.”

” The players just aren’t playing for him and changing him is the best way to turn things around.”

” He does not have the skills needed to do the job, let alone go on to a higher level.”

” He does not understand that modern football is a business more than a sport.”

” The results in the last few weeks are so poor he has to go.”

” The board have their ideas and targets and he has not met them.”

” He has failed to achieve the targets for the season.”

” A manager is needed who can play a more attractive style of football.”

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