SEAN’S TENURE ENDS SO SOON...
WHEN Walsall appointed Sean O’Driscoll as manager in December it seemed a safe appointment – but it didn’t turn out that way.
After just 16 games in charge, the 58-year-old was sacked last week.The promotion-chasing Saddlers were fourth in the table at the time, but on the back of a six-game winless run.
O’Driscoll, who replaced Brentford-bound Dean Smith at the helm, said: “I am extremely disappointed for the players – their performances over the past month have not gained the points they deserved.
“This is a different phase of the season and, as we have repeatedly seen, teams have recognised the team’s strengths from the first half of the campaign and prepared to counter that when facing us.”
Assistant head coach Jon Whitney, 45, has taken control of first-team affairs, along with Neil Cutler and John Ward.
“I’m ready for it,” Whitney told BBC WM. “I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years now and I enjoy taking the lead role.
"I understand I’m at the helm now and with that comes a little bit of responsibility. I will give my all for the cause. If I fall short, that’s life.”
GONE: Sean O’Driscoll