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Northampton and Bristol Rovers sack their managers

Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers sack their managers with immediate effect after they look to be in a relegation battle.

Paul Tisdale left the field for the final time at Bristol Rovers after a 2-0 loss to Oxford United on Tuesday night.

The ex-MK Dons and Exeter City manager won just five of his 19 games in charge, losing 11.

Rovers have lost nine of their last 12 games in all competitions and have not won a league game since the 2nd of January.


Bristol Rovers can today confirm that it has parted company with Manager Paul Tisdale.

Tommy Widdrington will be taking charge of the first-team on a temporary basis, while the Club undertakes the process of appointing a new Manager. Tommy will be assisted by Jack Mesure and Kevin Maher.

Mel Gwinnett has also left his role as Football Operations.

The Club would like to thank both Paul and Mel for their efforts and wish them both the best of luck for the future.

The Club will be making no further comment at this time.

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Meanwhile, League One side Northampton Town have parted company with manager Keith Curle and his assistant Colin West.

The Cobblers are 23rd in the League One table with just six wins and 20 goals from their 26 matches so far.


Northampton Town have parted company with manager Keith Curle and assistant manager Colin West.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said the decision was taken with a heavy heart but was in the best interests of the club.

“We have a huge amount of respect for Keith and Colin and we will always owe them a debt of gratitude for the promotion they achieved but we feel a change is now required,” he said.

“Our results, and in particular our lack of goals, have left us in a very difficult position in the league and we believe that this decision is in the best interests of the club as we battle to retain our League 1 status.

“Keith and Colin leave with our thanks and our best wishes and their time at the club will go down as a success, especially managing us through the difficult period of Covid 19.”

Under 18s coach Jon Brady has been placed in caretaker charge, to be assisted by Ian Sampson and Marc Richards.

“Jon has a wealth of experience both as a player and a manager, he also has a good knowledge of the club and our younger players and we are fortunate to be able to call on him,” said the Cobblers Chairman.

“He will be assisted by Ian Sampson and Marc Richards. Both are rightly Northampton Town legends, they have a huge amount of experience in the game and a deep knowledge of and affection for the club and I am sure all supporters will join me in wishing Jon, Ian and Marc well.

“Although supporters might not be able to attend games at the moment, the support they offer is as vital as ever. It has been a challenging season off the field and we can’t thank the fans enough for that continued support. We now have a very important 20 games left in the season and we know they’ll be right behind us.”

Fans reacted as Northampton and Bristol Rovers sack their managers, find out what they had to say…


@Daniel_Baines04: This season didn’t work out for Curle, but I’ll always remember him for last season, that team we had was brilliant!


@StampyNTFC: Thank you for your time at the club, and thank you also for the 5 minute chat we had at the Ladies training session in 2019 (before you were led away) Good luck in the future..

@DanSimmonds8: Sad to see him go. Brilliant servant to the club and community, doing his bit through the pandemic. Loss of key players over the summer meant a bit of a rebuild and learning as they went on. Both will do well elsewhere with the right group.

@samjones012: The right thing to do. Have some fantastic memories from last season but we’ve been dreadful this season and we needed a change

@vicki2012x: Not nice to lose your job but this had to happen. Wish him the best for the future and thanks for the promotion run.

@AmploMatt: The right decision but ultimately too late, we’ve let Curle bring players in and let some leave in the January window then sack him 10 days later giving the new manager the same shit squad to work with

@JamieRobertson8: Give it Sheezy till end of season

@MarkJosiah: Thank you for doing the right thing. I will be renewing my season ticket no matter what division we end up in a it’s as much about the fayre on offer & under Curle it was truly woeful. Thanks for promotion Keith and good luck at Port Vale!

@GibCobbler: Finally and not before time..

@Upthetownntfc: Thanks for everything but his time was up

@philntfc: I certainly don’t rejoice in someone losing their job but it had to be done to give us a hope of staying up. Thanks for all you have done for us Keith and good luck for the future.

@OOCSwindonTown: Do you want John Sheridan?

@NevilleKent: This is disappointing. He has done fantastically well and changing the manager will change nothing. Very disappointing and I wish them well for the future.


@_cp11_: Thank fuck for that. Now hire somebody capable this time ffs

@pauldav81858203: The fact some fans think Eddie Howe or Pullis would come to the gas is absolutely fucking hilarious by the way

@liambhelm: best for both parties, we can get a football manager in and paul can finally finish that TED talk about how dressing like a horse trainer can distract from hair loss


@BristolOli: Only 5 more Rovers managers until Christmas

@cw_gas76: Good. His conduct and interviews have been appalling. Interview a number of candidates next time.

@Kpz2005: Wow another one bites the dust

@Nortongashead: Nigel Adkins please.

@dansearle79 as Northampton and Bristol Rovers sack their managers: Would love to know who they plan to hire, players remain the same, I don’t want to become a club that hires & fires, admittedly I found last nights post match interview odd. Put someone in who gets the players to fight for points & I think these people are already at the club

@elliotowens95: Not good. Signs of a team bound for relegation.

@mancgas: Thank christ- bloke was adding nothing, or worse dragging people down and something needed adding. TW is now going to live or die by adding something positive. If he doesn’t off he trots too #UTG

@piratepalmer: Smh. I don’t agree with this, swopping and changing managers like this = relegation.

@ThomasYandell: Best manager we’ve had in years but he says 4 mins of honesty last night and gets sacked… joke

@martinsearle4: Unless they can appoint a player manager who is a striker, and can put the ball in the net, I’m not sure what this will achieve.

@RyanC2408: Ngl this job stinks of Phil Parkinson

@FiltonGAS: The trouble is the bloke that hired him is now the manager and he is not a good fit same back room staff nothing will change we are doomed if this is sorted out this week
we are becoming a laughing stock

@FTddli___: Could tell straight away after that interview he was gone…

@Whitey6373: Bring back Holloway!!!!!

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