Sky Bet League Two – Tuesday 27th October 2020, One Call Stadium [Behind Closed Doors] | Manager Graham Coughlan SACKED after the match
Mansfield Town’s worst performance of the season (so far!) handed out two gifts last night – Barrow were gifted their first win of the season, whilst manager Graham Coughlan was gifted his P45 – sacked after the full time whistle as Barrow ran out comfortable 4-2 winners.
The Stags were without skipper Ryan Sweeney who was withdrawn from the group after showing covid symptoms – his replacement youngster Aaron O’Driscoll had a night to forget, sent off for two bookings on his football league debut.
Being down to ten men didn’t help, but in honesty – the sending off didn’t really alter the course of the game, Barrow were all over us and thoroughly deserved their victory.
Sacking Coughlan was the right call to make, no wins in nine is bad enough – but after the backing he’s had, something clearly wasn’t right. Yes you have to have some sympathy with injuries and covid, but there were still enough about the squad to cope.
The Radfords, along with David Sharpe, have a huge job now in what is arguably our most critical appointment – especially with so many experienced, promotion winning, managers out of work available for free.
The one thing they must do in my view is take their time, there’s no harm in letting Jamie McGuire prepare and take Saturday’s match against Walsall whilst they do an in depth interview process.
This isn’t a bad squad of players, whoever comes in just needs to motivate them and make a few subtle tweaks to take us back forwards, rather than the big step back we’ve just endured.
As always we thank Graham for his efforts, but football is results based and he leaves with the worst managerial record at the club – good luck for the future, but for us, it’s time to move on and rebuild.
Click HERE to read the clubs official match report.
STAGS: Marek Stech | Rollin Menayese, Farrend Rawson, Aaron O’Driscoll | Kellan Gordon, James Perch (George Maris 68), George Lapslie, Stephen McLaughlin | Harry Charsley | Nicky Maynard (Jamie Reid 78), Andy Cook (C)
Unused Subs: Aidan Stone, Alistair Smith James Clarke, Tyrese Sinclair, Jordan Bowery
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