Weekend of managerial madness sees Coyne step in
No Premier League manager has been sacked as yet this season; the last top flight appointment was that of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea in mid-July, but it’s been a case of all change in Leagues One and Two over the past three days with four managers losing their jobs.
Phil Brown was first to go. He’d been at Swindon for eight months before they decided on a change on Sunday and today, incredibly, Notts County have sacked Harry Kewell just over two months since they poached him from Crawley.
“Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern,” said owner Alan Hardy, who added: “We see no reason to continue with something we don’t think can work.”
Neal Ardley has been installed as the early favourite at Meadow Lane. He left AFC Wimbledon yesterday after over six years in charge. He’d been in charge for over six years and his departure has taken Sean Dyche up to fourth in the longest serving managers list, behind Jim Bentley (Morecambe), Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) and Eddie Howe (Bournemouth).
One other manager went yesterday. John Askey took over at Shrewsbury in the summer when Paul Hurst left them for Ipswich. If it’s any consolation, he lasted longer than Hurst at Portman Road, but his time was up after a disappointing start to the season. He and his staff have gone leaving former Claret Danny Coyne, and their current goalkeeping coach, in temporary charge for, according to the chairman, the next couple of games.
It’s not his first spell as caretaker manager. He assumed the role prior to Hurst’s appointment although it was far from successful with them losing all four games he was in charge. He’s been with Shrewsbury since the summer of 2013 and has already worked for five different managers. He’d previously been with Sheffield United and replaced Gavin Ward, another former Burnley goalkeeper at Shrewsbury.
His first game in charge comes tonight when they travel to Crewe in the Checkatrade Trophy.Follow UpTheClarets:
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