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IT has been a crazy week for man­ager sack­ings. In the Na­tional league, Matthew Bates paid the price for los­ing six games on the spin while John Flana­gan was also given his march­ing or­ders at Curzon Ashton.

I do of­ten won­der if clubs are be­ing re­al­is­tic about their am­bi­tions. In Hartle­pool’s case, I can see a case for the de­fence. Tak­ing zero points from a pos­si­ble 18 will have any board mem­ber twitch­ing their fin­gers and reach­ing for the gun. That said; it was sad to see Bates – a tal­ented young man­ager – be­ing sent on his way. Only a few weeks ago Pools were punch­ing away in and around the play-offs but Tuesday night’s loss at home to AFC Fylde, in front of the club’s low­est crowd in 20 years, proved the fa­tal blow.

But Curzon sack­ing Flana­gan leaves for a lot of head scratch­ing. Here was a guy who took The Nash up two di­vi­sions dur­ing his seven-year ten­ure. What ex­actly are Curzon look­ing for?

It was the same with Peter Bea­dle at Here­ford. The Bulls may be show­ing signs of climb­ing up the ta­ble af­ter a re­cent resur­gence but sack­ing Bea­dle – a man who won three pro­mo­tions on the spin – made lit­tle to no sense.

Else­where this week, it was dis­ap­point­ing to hear of Gary Alexan­der’s sack­ing at Ashton United – via a text mes­sage! We are scream­ing out for cred­i­bil­ity in Non-League foot­ball but there is too much of this non­sense go­ing on. Man­agers deserve better, and they need pro­tect­ing from in­ci­dents like this.

OUT: Matthew Bates

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