Another crazy week as bosses come and go...
EVEN by EFL standards the New Year has been turbulent with managers coming and going at a rate of knots.
And two bosses who had a miserable start to the year have already had a change of fortunes. John Sheridan was axed by Notts County on January 2, while Justin Edinburgh was dismissed by Gillingham a day later.
Both paid the price for poor results, but ten days later they were both back in employment. Stephen Robinson was the fall guy at League One strugglers Oldham, allowing Sheridan the chance to return for a third spell as Latics boss.
It’s a rapid-fire change of events given that Sheridan had left Oldham for Notts County last summer, dropping a division in the process.
Oldham chairman Simon Corney said: “This is obviously a difficult decision. Stephen is a talented coach who we believed could make the transition into a successful manager.
“Unfortunately things have not worked out for him or the club and we felt that a change needed to be made.
“John is obviously someone we know well and we hope he can have an immediate effect on our current situation.”
Northampton axed Rob Page last Monday, a couple of days after a 5-0 reverse at Bristol Rovers. On Friday, the Cobblers gave former Tottenham defender Edinburgh the chance to make a quick-fire return to management.
He said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be appointed the new manager of Northampton Town.
“The club has made terrific progress recently and this would be a fantastic opportunity for any manager.
“Northampton Town has a reputation of being a very well run club, with some fantastic training facilities and an excellent fanbase. There is potential there to take the club forward and I will work very hard to do just that.”
Meanwhile, there were two managerial departures last Sunday. Steve Davis was fired by Crewe Alexander and replaced by David Artell, while veteran boss Danny Wilson was sacked by Chesterfield.
There was a further managerial appointment during the week, with former Leyton Orient manager Kevin Nolan taking the reins at Notts County.
His arrival came on the back of Nottinghamshire businessman Alan Hardy completing his takeover of the Magpies from Ray Trew.
Hardy said: “Kevin is a consummate professional with vast footballing experience and I was very impressed with what he had to say when we discussed the vacancy. I thoroughly look forward to working with him.”
RETURN: John Sheridan has taken the reins at Oldham again BACK: Justin Edinburgh has taken over at Northampton following his dismissal at Gillingham