Jim Gannon speaks for first time since being sacked by Stockport County, taking to Twitter on Saturday to have his voice heard.
There was some shock for football fans when they discovered that he had been got rid of, yet the club have just have a great run in the FA Cup and they’re 4th in the National League table.
Whilst we still wait for further information to come out, here is what the departing boss had to say towards the non league side and it’s supporters.
He wrote: “Best wishes to @1DaveCon (Dave Conlon), the staff, players and all at Stockport County FC for todays’s game and for the rest of the season. I know they are strong enough to go all the way this year. The great journey continues for them.
“Again a thank you to Al, Fitz, RP and GB for believing in me 5 years ago and trusting me to lead County again. There are too many good people to mention but I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. We have come a long way and the club is now set for a bright future.
“Thanks from the bottom of my heart to all for the tremendous support I have received in recent days and throughout this brilliant five years. The depth of feelings has been overwhelming and I take great comfort from your kindness and generosity for me.”
Best wishes to @1DaveCon, the staff, players and all at Stockport County FC for todays’s game and for the rest of the season. I know they are strong enough to go all the way this year. The great journey continues for them.
— James Gannon (@james16gannon) January 23, 2021
We still have no other word from Stockport County and the longer they don’t, the fans will be left feeling even more frustrated.
Some much so that there were plenty of supporters stating on the club’s official Twitter that they wouldn’t be paying to view their match stream against Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon.
The only statement we have from Stockport County is as follows: “Stockport County Football Club have today parted company with Manager Jim Gannon.
“This has been an extremely difficult decision for the Club’s Board to take and not a decision taken lightly. The decision is not results based but is centred around culture.
“We thank Jim for his longstanding service to the Club as both player and manager; he has rightfully been immortalised into the Club’s Hall of Fame and will always be a huge part of County’s history.
“We want to reassure fans that every decision made, we believe to be in the best long-term interests of the Club.
“Assistant Manager Dave Conlon will take interim responsibility whilst a new Manager is appointed.
“There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”
The key thing to take from that is that is was for cultural reasons and nothing to do with the results, which makes it even more stranger.
Fans have reacted as Jim Gannon speaks for first time since being sacked by Stockport, see what they said below…
my hero jim x pic.twitter.com/zidwY1GTuH
— Kyle Taylor🇬🇧 (@kyletay10) January 23, 2021
Thanks you Jim 🎩💙 pic.twitter.com/j0EsGLIWzv
— Clayts 🎩 (@Leec38) January 23, 2021
Awwgh Jim – there are no words to ease the pain. I sincerely hope you find a boss who can make you happy – you are stubborn, committed, hard working and loyal … and we love you 😍 pic.twitter.com/TWV5qcONOQ
— John Whelan (@JohnWhelo) January 23, 2021
Thanks for everything Jim. A Tweet cannot adequately express my gratitude for everything you have done for us as a player and manager. Yes, the club goes on, and I will be back, but today is too soon for me. All the best for your future. pic.twitter.com/aGbGP8DfDm
— Paul Deakin (@PaulDeakin1) January 23, 2021
@jrl555: The way you’ve been treated by County has been absolutely disgraceful and idiotic, and not for the first time. You’ve given far more to County than any Johnny-come-lately ever will. I hope you get the fantastic job you deserve. Very best wishes for the future.
@Iandowden: And here’s to you, Jimmy Gannon – Stockport loves you more than you will know @james16gannon thanks and good luck wherever you go next
@billwilliams61: Well done Jim good message showed some class. Sorry about the decision,you should be proud of all you have done as a player and manager for Stockport. All the best in the future.
@chrismarps: Agree Bill. Left the club in a better place than when he took over. That’s all you can ask of someone. Hope he gets opportunity elsewhere
@Losh78Paul: All the best @james16gannon, lacking in words to describe the last 5 years and the transformation of the team under your guidance take care and Good luck with whatever you do in the future
@joehj300790: I also wish the best for DC and staff, but I’ve never been so disinterested in a County matchday as today, and that’s saying something given the dross we witnessed before you came back.
@MarkRNoakes: Good luck in whatever you go onto do. Thanks for the tips when we spoke when you trained at St.Paul’s and I coached my girls team after you guys had finished, much appreciated.
@steve_bradburn: County have been managed by some great managers over the years, and your name will be up there with them. Best wishes Jim, and thanks for all the years you’ve put into County. Legend!
@BrockersMark: All the very best Jim, a class act in so many ways. Many thanks for ALL your service to our club and I hope you won’t be a stranger once things settle down. Look forward to seeing you in a dug out and on the training pitch again soon.
@Thes0nofg0d: All the best James what a great man and fantastic manager still absolutely gutted you won’t get chance to finish what you started here but I’m sure you will have offers to continue your management career heres to you. Jimmy Gannon Stockport loves you more than you will know
@jkmanc1974: Different class statement from a different class professional and Mr Stockport / best of luck Jim in the future to you and the family
@Richie1407: All the best for whatever the future brings you Jim. Your influence & impact on our club will live long. Heartfelt thanks for everything you have done for us. Fully behind you Dave as we begin the next chapter for our club, albeit tinged with sadness
@DaveLong79: More class and dignity in one tweet than in the whole of that repugnant ‘statement’ which was thrown at us on Thursday. Although I didn’t expect anything less from either party if I’m honest.
@Stewcoa: As expected, the man who has led us from malaise, defined and lived club culture and was leading us back to FL acts with the great selflessness and dignity of the role model he is. Thanks and best wishes to Jim&family.
@kyfc_comets after Jim Gannon speaks for first time since being sacked by Stockport: Good luck in whatever you do next Jim. Thank you for all you have done for the club and all you continue to do for the supporters and community of Stockport. You are a true legend and proper gentleman.
@cumston_gary: With that culture quote, I’m surprised you haven’t sent the board a big tray of natural yoghurt as a parting quip!
@jackbscfc: Gutted you have gone @james16gannon. Can’t bring myself to watch today, still too pissed off. Best of luck wherever you end up, hope they treat you better there.
@MattTidswell: There is no way I could possibly capture what I’d like to say in 280 characters Jim, so I would just like to say a massive thank you for everything you gave the club. It will never ever be forgotten. So many good times, and you have us hope when we had none. Thank you.
@mcnutty66: They would have been fine with you in charge, I’m sorry you have been treated so poorly. You’re a better man than me with your good grace today, I wish you every success in the future and thank you.
@Burkelele: Sorry it ended like this. You deserve much better. Go and prove them wrong by being a success and installing the correct culture at another club.