Will changes see for­tunes swing?

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Adam Diamond

FOUR man­agers were handed their P45s this week but the door had barely closed on Terry Butcher at New­port County be­fore John Sheri­dan came through in the other di­rec­tion.

Just one win from New­port’s open­ing ten games in League Two left the Welsh club prop­ping up the rest in the Football League and for­mer Eng­land de­fender Terry Butcher was sacked on Thurs­day.

His exit fol­lows the de­ci­sion of Fleet­wood to dis­miss Graham Alexan­der, while the week be­gan with Steve Evans and Mar­i­nus Di­jkhuizen leav­ing Rother­ham and Brent­ford re­spec­tively.

But it is Butcher’s re­place­ment who per­haps has landed the tough­est gig in a week of change at Rod­ney Pa­rade. A takeover bid by the Sup­port­ers’ Trust reached its £195,000 tar­get and owner Les Scadding signed over his ma­jor­ity share­hold­ing.

And Sheri­dan, who cel­e­brated his 51st birth­day on Thurs­day, is up for the fight.

“I think it’s a re­ally good chal­lenge for me and I’m look­ing for­ward to it,”

said the for­mer Old­ham Ath­letic, Ch­ester­field and Ply­mouth Ar­gyle man­ager.

“It looks pre­car­i­ous at the mo­ment, but there are plenty of games to go.

“Even when I went to Ply­mouth we were in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion and I kept the team in the Football League. It’s mas­sively im­por­tant we do that and it is go­ing to be a tough ask, but it’s some­thing I’m con­fi­dent I can do.


“It was a bit of a shock when the call came. It was a nice sur­prise and it gives me an op­por­tu­nity to get back into man­age­ment.”

Evans, dis­missed by Rother­ham who have just two league wins this sea­son, is among the front-run­ners for the va­cant Fleet­wood job.

Alexan­der guided Fleet­wood to pro­mo­tion to the third tier and their high­est-ever league fin­ish last sea­son – as they placed tenth.

But chair­man Andy Pil­ley said he felt com­pelled to act af­ter the Cod Army won only two of their first ten league matches.

“It is an ex­tremely un­pleas­ant part of be­ing chair­man hav­ing to make such a de­ci­sion,” he said. “How­ever ul­ti­mately, for a num­ber of rea­sons, I felt this was in the best in­ter­ests of the club.”

Brent­ford’s con­tentious de­ci­sion to dis­pense with Mark War­bur­ton’s ser­vices in the close sea­son has not paid off, with his re­place­ment Di­jkhuizen dis­missed af­ter just eight league matches.

And co-di­rec­tor of football Ras­mus Ankersen con­ceded they made a mis­take ap­point­ing the Dutch­man.

“We re­ally felt it was the right de­ci­sion, but three months later we just have to put our hands up and say we made a mis­take, it wasn’t the right de­ci­sion,” said Ankersen, who has in­stalled for­mer Ever­ton midfielder Lee Cars­ley as man­ager un­til the end of the sea­son.

“There have been some fun­da­men­tal pro­cesses at the train­ing ground that didn’t work to the level we ex­pected.

“We’ve been try­ing to im­prove that over the past few months and it hasn’t im­proved to the level we wanted it to.”

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NEW­PORT’S NEW BLOOD: But will John Sheri­dan get the Ex­iles out of trou­ble af­ter, inset, be­ing un­veiled at Rod­ney Pa­rade?

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