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Favourites to become new Fleetwood manager as club search for their third boss of the season

The favourites to become new Fleetwood Town manager is due to be revealed as the club search for their third boss of the 2023/24 season.

His last game in charge was a 2-0 home defeat to Bolton on Friday night, but have been on a bad run, nine games winless in all competitions, including seven defeats. And in that time they’ve scored just two goals. They’re also not scoring goals either.

When Johnson took over when they were bottom of the table, but only moved them up to 23rd in League One, despite starting well, only for his final few games to spell the end of his tenure at the club.

They’re three points from safety and got a game in hand on Reading but not on Cheltenham.

They sacked Scott Brown earlier on in the season after lost their first six of their first seven games in the league.

The club said in a statement: “Fleetwood Town can confirm Lee Johnson has left the club with immediate effect.

“Assistant Manager Darren Way and First Team Coach Phil Jevons will also depart – everyone at the Club would like to place on record our thanks to Lee, Darren, and Phil for their hard work and professionalism during their time at the club.

“The Club will issue a further update on the first team staff in due course.”

Charlie Adam, who is currently working with Burnley, is the person that Fleetwood are looking at potentially appointing.

This is according to a report from Alan Nixon, but this would be a risky move as the club are struggling with fresh new managers of late, having previously seen the departures of Joey Barton, Scott Brown, and now Lee Johnson.

BetVictor – 8pm – 30th Dec
Steve Cotterill – 5/1
Mark Bonner – 6/1
Dean Holden – 6/1
Stephen Dobbie – 8/1
David Dunn – 8/1
Danny Cowley – 8/1
Paul Hurst – 10/1
Michael Duff – 12/1
Karl Robinson – 12/1
Nathan Rooney – 14/1
Paul Ince – 16/1
Paul Cook – 16/1
Mark Kennedy – 16/1
Mark Hughes – 16/1
Keith Curle – 16/1
Gareth Ainsworth – 16/1
Dino Maamira – 16/1
Brian Barry Murphy – 16/1

BetVictor – 9pm – 30th Dec
Charlie Adam – 1/3
Steve Cotterill – 12/1
Dean Holden – 14/1
Mark Bonner – 14/1
Danny Cowley – 16/1
David Dunn – 16/1
Stephen Dobbie – 16/1

Fleetwood Town manager Lee Johnson had his say on the 2-0 defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers.

On the 90 minutes of football, he replied: “It was a tough game. It was always going to be with the quality that Bolton has, they are a well-established side in the division. They have had that time to build, they’re a good club and an ex-Premier League club but we felt that at half-time that we had put ourselves in a position to give them a good go in that second half, we did ever-so well before half-time in treacherous conditions.

“What we don’t do is affect boxes enough. We all know that and you do have to give credit to Bolton but in the end, we are the masters of our own downfall with individual errors. That has been the story of this calendar year, the errors simply have to stop.

“We did lack some quality at times but there were also some good performances in there. I thought Callum Dolan was outstanding in there and Bosun Lawal was solid in there at the back. We do have players there but we just need to sort out a few final tweaks.”

On the never-say-die attitude: “We have 15 players for various reasons unavailable today, that is difficult for a club like us. Were the fans magnificent? Yes, so we will react to that and realise that we aren’t going to throw the towel in. I am well up for the fight, we have 23 games now where we have to get a few wins in there.

“We do have some individual scenarios that we have to work on, but we need to stick together as a fanbase and as a team. I’m looking at the fitness levels as a team and we need to be better, we have to build these athletes to be more robust and to go longer, that will help us turn this form around.”

On turning a corner in the New Year: “I’m looking forward to the second half of the season and I’m looking forward to the new year. The new year means people go into the games with a new mindset and that can refresh people and can turn some positivity – we need to grab the bull by the horns. We believe we can go on a run of wins which will help our situation.

“We always enjoy having our fans travel with us and we will get the boys ready again. It isn’t a lack of effort I promise you, the staff have been fantastic at every level all the way through, we don’t want to let anyone down and I promise everyone we’re not trying to do that.

“It isn’t an easy window the January one, we want experience but it is an easy sales pitch but it isn’t easy to get people through on day one, two, three or four.”

Ian Evatt said: “That was a proper performance. I’m so pleased with that.

“That was the best victory of the season in the circumstances. The weather, the storm, the pitch, was all against us really but I I thought we were so professional.

“I think we dominated both halves really, with the wind and against it. Obviously we were disappointed not to score in the first half but we stayed calm, stayed composed and did the business in the second-half.

“As an away performance goes that’s a proper performance and that’s us improving on the past. That’s how we can judge ourselves, on how far we’ve come. We can look at other games where we’ve been here before in similar conditions and lost heavily. We’ve evolved and improved and I still think there’s a lot more to come.”

“I think, in general, it’s been a good 2023, obviously with the Wembley win, getting to the play-offs last year and seeing us evolve again and improve this season,” Evatt told Wanderers TV.

“We know if we can replicate that in the second-half of this season then we have a great opportunity to get promotion and that’s our aim and ambition. But there’s a lot of football to be played and a lot of hard work to be done.

“We cannot think we’ve cracked it, we cannot think we’ve done it. This league is tough, it’s unforgiving. People drop points left right and centre. We have dropped points as well when we shouldn’t have and had some poor performances. We just need to focus on the next game and the next opportunity and that’s Monday.

“The players have been brilliant. They have been away from their families, which is hard at this time of year, but they’ve really bought into the bigger picture and what we want to do for this football club and these fans and they are getting their rewards from it. I’m so proud of how they went about their work tonight.”

Fans reacted with the favourites to become new Fleetwood manager revealed as the club search for their third boss of the season…

@ftfcRedford: Oh give over. How are we meant to stay up if we keep changing managers. We didn’t even give him one transfer window to sort that godawful squad out. Who’s bright decision was it to sack him on the eve of the transfer window ?

@bigdaver84: Sacked twice in one season is some achievement

@FollowTheTown1: A club in crisis who can hardly buy a point with a chairman in a spot of bother … and it’s not us though …

@LewisWatto10: We’re not even in January yet and he’s been sacked TWICE already this season, impressive !!

@jamesKinniburg3: We did try to warn you lads

@IndyHibby: Fleetwood at least sussed him out a lot quicker than Hibs did 👍

@Stu_135: Congratulations Fleetwood. You are now free.

@adam_elbekhti: Really can’t understand hibs fans who want Montgomery sacked based on his first 4 months with a Lee Johnson squad

@theobanjambo: A parody of a football manager!!

@TORQUAYTALK: Where will we get our loans from now?! #tufc

@DavidHindmarsh7: How do you get sacked twice in the same season before the new year? 😂😂😂 Please, ffs, no one ever give him a job again. Worst manager in the world.

@sc0tm_: No fucking way he’s gone already

@dane_stringer: Lol 😂 that lasted

@ftfc_lewis: Absolute shambles especially to give him the sack near the transfer window what is going on. Fans form needed.

@WadeSAFC: Bolton getting Johnson sacked in back to back jobs in England has me creased

@JackMorrison94: Finally some good news this week, sacked twice in the same season before new year 😂😂😂 get it up him 👍🏼

@FulwelI: It’s the second time Bolton and Ian Evatt have got Lee Johnson sacked as manager. He must hate them 😂

@HeartsGoals: Sacked twice in one season is pretty impressive. A serial loser. Hibernian FC mentality. ❤️

@JamieJones000: We are definitely getting relegated now!

@WafcHugh: Sacking him before January and letting him bring his own players in seems a bit premature

@Liam_F1875: Has a manager ever been emptied by 2 clubs in the same season before Christmas?

@ASFCPlayers: HAHAHAHHA Nearly sacked more managers than Salford.

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