Big Day at SAFC

Ross Sacked. Folwler In Temporary Charge

James Fowler had this to say after he presided over our 3-2 victory over Grimsby. Fowler said: “That one is for the manager, the boys from start to finish were excellent after a tough day. Credit to the players for how they responded. It’s not nice. I have been in that position myself. It’s been tough. Professional in what we did. We found out at 3 this afternoon, when he came into see us. He said make sure the lads put in a performance. I didn’t expect anything else. I am really gutted for him. I have worked closely with him for three years and seen how he has turned this club around. I have seen the things he has had to deal with, players in and out. He has tried to change the culture which isn’t something you can do overnight. There has been tears shed today. He has got everyone back together. I know how much he loved this job. He will not be short of offers. People who are in the know, can see what he has done, there will be job offers for them and big clubs. Look at his record, Wembley trips, the games he has lost. I think only Man City and Liverpool have lost fewer over the time he has been here. It’s a great thing for him to have on his CV.”

Ross has gone, but who’s next?

Ex Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has been linked with the job and Stewart Donald said: “Stendel, I’m sure he will be someone we could potentially look at. Jack has gone because promotion this season has the best chance with somebody else. I’m gutted and disappointed to say that. What happens now, nothing has been done because of a takeover or investment or someone else have left the job. We have to find the man and we have to get it right. I’m gutted. It was heartbreaking. Jack is a great guy and you wanted him to be successful and get it right. He steadied the ship and there’s an awful lot more to contend with. I am looking for a manager to get us promoted. The remit is obvious in that sense. I know there’s a lot of frustration among the fanbase, we want to be ten points clear."

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So, is the takeover dead? Was Ross’ sacking connected to the takeover? Donald said: “This is not connected. The decision with Jack was one we spoke about and for all parties concerned it gives us the best chance for promotion. If there wasn’t any potential investment then I could talk about it. It’s on-going when I can’t talk about it.”