Aldershot Town sack their manager Danny Searle with immediate effect following their 2-2 draw at Wealdstone over the weekend.
The Shots currently sit 21st in the National League standings, picking up just four points from their opening seven matches for the 2021/22 season.
Aldershot were relegated from the National League in 2019 after finishing 21st. However, they were reprieved from relegation after Gateshead were administratively relegated.
The 2019/20 National League was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID pandemic with the Shots finishing in 18th place based on points per game. Aldershot Town finished 15th last term finishing with 52 points.
Aldershot Town FC can confirm the departure of Danny Searle as First-Team Manager with immediate effect.
We thank Danny for his efforts during his time with the club and we sincerely wish his all the best in his future endeavours.
— Aldershot Town FC (@OfficialShots) September 20, 2021
Aldershot Town Football Club can confirm the departure of Danny Searle as First-Team Manager with immediate effect.
Since taking charge at The EBB Stadium in the summer of 2019, Searle has led The Shots to finishes of 18th and 15th in the Vanarama National League.
Aldershot Town currently sit 21st in the standings and Searle moves on having guided the club during a difficult two-season period, following the club’s post-reprieval season in 2019-20 and also a difficult following season that was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw the 2020-21 season end prematurely.
Searle guided The Shots to a FA Trophy Quarter-Final last season, with eight academy debuts also awarded, with Searle heavily involved in bridging the gap with the club’s academy system and first-team playing squad over the last three seasons too.
Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “Aldershot Town Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Danny for the work he has done during his time with the club and we all wish him well for the future.
“This has been a very difficult decision for the board to make, particularly with Danny taking over at the club in challenging times from the beginning, as we were unsure what league we would be in back in 2019-20 and also the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the 2020-21 season too, which didn’t see us start the season until October 2020 without any supporters in the grounds too.
“This season has also seen us face a difficult start, but despite this Danny has given his all during these tough times and we are extremely thankful for his efforts.
“Danny is a well-qualified and fantastic individual with great morals and ethics and has been a great asset for the club during this time with a number of improvements in a number of areas during this time.
“Both Danny and his family have played a pivotal part during their time involved with the club and we move on with the feeling, they will continue to remain friends with the club.
‘We are sure it will not be too long before he finds his next role and we would once again like to wish Danny all the best in wherever the future takes him.”
We thank Danny for his efforts during his time with the club and we sincerely wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
The club will update supporters once the process of appointing a new First-Team Manager has been agreed but there will be no further comment on this until this decision has been made.
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Fans gave their reaction as Aldershot Town sack their manager with immediate effect…
@BrynLucas: I think it’s the right decision, but I still want to say thank you to him for his effort. A lot of people have dished out abuse on Twitter to him. He didn’t deserve that. Thanks Danny. Now we MUST get it right
@cstewart1972: This is a shame it hasn’t worked out for all parties. A genuine guy who has had more than his fair share of personal grief recently. I wish @Danny_Searle the best for the future. I recall a forum when the development was raised, Danny said it’s unlikely he’ll be manager then.
@ATFC_Brady: Shame to see but 100% the right call. Best of luck in the future Danny
@jimmy_g87: He had lost the supporters and most wanted this, surprised the club have gone through with it already, better now than before it’s too late.
@ShotInTheHeart1: Thanks for your efforts Danny, but time for a change. 🔴🔵
@ForeverATFC: Lovely guy but it was for the best
@johnshunt1: Nice guy & conducted himself with dignity but not the man for the job sadly onwards & upwards 🔴🔵
@ATFC_Brady: Neil Smith’s Red n Blue army??
@nlmusings: Wow. Didn’t expect this. #TheShots
@RhysJBE: Nice enough guy but by the end out of his depth I feel. Good luck going forward Danny. The right decision by the club.
@Max_james07: Correct choice by the club
@orak100: Shame. I quite liked him.
@lewiswray: Top bloke but unfortunately it doesn’t win you games, can’t take this as a solution to our problems either
@Shaun_A_Brown: All the very best for the future @Danny_Searle – always conducted yourself with class even when going through some tough spells on the pitch.
@RobShot66: Wow! This is only just breaking & I don’t know the details, but, honestly didn’t see it coming. Whatever the circumstances & they will become clearer in time, sure, thanks @Danny_Searle for your commitment & hard work over the last 2 & a bit seasons. ❤️💙
@marowe1988: Not surprising given the start, but did a decent job with virtually no dosh the previous 18 months. Wonder if Anwar will get a go.
@billyjabbott: Best of luck Danny. I thought you deserved more time.
I wish him well and he blocks me? Rude. pic.twitter.com/IL4MGcUoQt
— Tom Walker (@Tom1Walker0) September 20, 2021