The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

NEW Notts County owner Alan Hardy has made a laud­able stand in sack­ing John Sheri­dan for abus­ing of­fi­cials. He has also made a rod for his own back.

Sheri­dan, who is ap­peal­ing his dis­missal, was jet­ti­soned shortly af­ter Hardy’s takeover in Jan­uary, fol­low­ing a ver­bal out­burst dur­ing a 2-0 de­feat by Wy­combe the pre­vi­ous month.

“I am not pre­pared to tol­er­ate any mem­ber of my staff abus­ing ref­er­ees and of­fi­cials in this man­ner,” said Hardy.

“The con­duct shown by Mr Sheri­dan to­wards the match of­fi­cials was noth­ing short of scan­dalous. Mr Sheri­dan and the LMA are ef­fec­tively try­ing to run a coach and horses through the con­cept of re­spect.”

Hardy’s sen­ti­ments are re­fresh­ing in an in­dus­try where of­fi­cials still face un­ac­cept­able lev­els of threat and in­tim­i­da­tion.

But it’s easy to sack a man­ager when he’s strug­gling at the foot of League Two. The real test will come when County are fly­ing high and the man in the dugout goes bal­lis­tic. Will Hardy be so scan­dalised then? We shall see.

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