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National League’s bottom club AFC Fylde sack former EFL player turned manager

The National League‘s bottom club AFC Fylde have taken the decision to sack former EFL player turned manager Adam Murray.

He had guided the Coasters to the National League North title last season, picking up 95 points from 46 games played and was two clear of second place king’s Lynn Town.

But it’s a start to forget upon their return to the top tier of non league after struggling to adapt following promotion back in May.

The 3-0 loss away at Oxford City on Saturday being the final straw, with the result also their tenth defeat already and the club sit bottom of the National League standings with only nine points from 15 games.


Following the recent run of results, the Board of Directors have today decided to relieve Head Coach Adam Murray of his duties with immediate effect.

The Board would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Adam for achieving last year’s promotion to the National League and wish him all the best for the future.

The Club will now begin an immediate search for a new Head Coach, but in the meantime, Director of Football Chris Beech will take over the running of the team, starting with Saturday’s important FA Cup tie against Leek Town.

Murray said: “The journey has come to an end. We shared some great moments last season being crowned champions and playing some great football. This season we just couldn’t get going.

“I’ve met some great people and made memories that will last for ever. I sincerely wish everybody well and hope that the boys can turn it around.

“For me now, on to the next challenge. Thank you Adam”

It came just a day after Oxford City climbed out of the National League drop zone with a much needed victory over AFC Fylde.

Josh Parker made no mistake from a penalty after 30 minutes to open the scoring before going close to making it 2-0 with a fizzing free-kick that crashed back off the crossbar.

Substitute Olly Sanderson however was able to extend the hosts’ lead, netting twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the three points.

Oxford City: Haigh, Burley, Harrison, Roberts, Smith, Fleet, Carroll, McEachran (Coyle 81), Potter, Pedder (Fonkeu 87), Parker (Sanderson 75). Subs (not used): Humphrey-Ewers, Moore

AFC Fylde: Metcalfe, Gordon, Davis, Obi (Omotayo 45), Graham, Conway, Khumbeni, Philliskirk ©, Whitehead (Ustabasi 45), Haughton, Charman (Rowley 66). Subs (not used): O’Kane, Glynn

Murray said post-match: I thought there was nothing in the game um I don’t think it’s a penalty I’ve seen it back I don’t think it’s a penalty um but it’s the same old story, we’re toothless in both 18 yard boxes uh at times it looks pretty in between the 18 Yard Box and we I thought today we carved them opened at times but there’s nothing in our attacking 18 Yard Box there’s no uh ruthlessness and in our defending 18 Yard Box there’s most definitely no ruthlessness um I think again they’ve had four shots and scored three goals so tells you the story

Interviewer: So the goal from Parker from the penalty spot just seem to turn to tide in Oxford City’s favour is it fair to say that over the course of the game Oxford just wanted it more?

AM: Uh no I don’t think that I think that’s that’s totally wrong probably one of the worst comments I’ve ever heard you say to be honest um I think the these boys are fighting but they’re they’re maxing out on um in too many areas uh people are at the max in too many areas and we we’re conceding stupid stupid stupid stupid goals um and we get to the edge of their box a number of times and and nothing happens uh more times uh often than not we we get to the edge of their box and end up defending so uh both 18 yard boxes there’s not enough between the two 18 yard boxes I thought we played some decent stuff today but playing decent stuff doesn’t doesn’t get you points

Interviewer: It’s the the million-dollar question but where does the responsibility lie in the results of late and how do we try and correct this now

AM: It lies with everybody it lies with every single person involved with a football club um everyone has a part to play in it um we could speak ours about that but at the minute it is what it is it is we are we are where we are um think we need to have a good review over the weekend and and see where we go next week

Here’s how fans reacted as the National League’s bottom club AFC Fylde sack former EFL player turned manager Adam Murray…

@coaster908765: Sad how it’s ended but gave us some amazing memories, good luck Adam

@Cooky_35: Oh dear 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

@Will__1981: Am so gutted thanks for the memories @admuz good luck in the future

@ryan7507: Proper banter club you lot.

@afletcher011111: Shame how its ended, All the best Adam

@Couchers12: Very sad to read this, after the achievements last year. I’ve no idea how it’s all gone wrong, but Adam is a good head coach, and I’m sure he’ll find a new role soon. All the very best @admuz

Thanks Adam
Great job last season!
Bounce back buddy!

@flivzy: good luck muz made some unreal memories 🤍

@FyldeCal: Did a great job last season. Unfortunate how it ended. Good Luck Adam 🤍

@LukeYoung88: Thank you Adam , Got us back to the National League and gave us some memories to cherish forever !!

@lukepritchardd_: 2022 🤪🕺

@FyldeMax: Absolutely devastated

@iambrenix: Thanks for everything Adam. Top man. All the best

@SameliteCH4: Just a small club 😹💀 heading back to where they’ve always belonged

@RonanMacca99: The club that keeps on giving, 2022 stop us if you can

@marksweetmore: decisive from Fylde, as they continue to be ruthless in their quest for @EFL football by 2022.

@CTonComms: No surprise for me, felt it’s been coming. From afar the other week looked fairly relaxed, jovial even. I took from that he backed himself to get out of danger but results have been poor.

@NickDuGard1: Inevitable sadly. Such a tough League and a rude awakening for most promoted sides

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