Shrewsbury Town have chosen to part company with their manager Sam Ricketts following a very emotional interview on Tuesday.
Salop have got rid of their boss and his assistant Dean Whitehead after just one league win all season and the club 23rd in the League One table.
Former Hull, Oxford, Swansea, Bolton, Wolves and Coventry defender had been in charge of the club since December 2018, when he left his role as Wrexham boss to take the League One club’s job.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
— Football League Zone (@TheFLZone) November 25, 2020
Shrewsbury Town Football Club can confirm this morning that the Club has parted company with Manager Sam Ricketts and Assistant Manager Dean Whitehead.
The Club would like to place on record our thanks and acknowledge their hard work and dedication to STFC and the community and wish them all the best in the future.
The search for a new Manager will begin straight away and the Club will aim to find the right candidate as soon as possible.
The Club will be making no further comment at this time.
– STATEMENT ENDS –
An angry Ricketts said after their 2-2 draw with MK Dons last night: “I’d like the referee to come out. He should come and speak to you.
“Two goals in the first half ruled out that were well onside, and I mean well onside, that puts you 4-0 up.
“Their second goal, well onside, as much as we get frustrated with different bits and pieces, if they’re going to officiate like that then it’s very, very hard to win any game.
“Going 2-0 up I thought we were excellent, should’ve been at least 4-0 up because the two goals were onside – it changes games.
“We don’t seem to be getting any decisions, and I’m not talking an inch onside, I’m talking yards, it’s unbelievable and I think they should be made to be accountable.”
Ricketts added: “There’s not much more I’m going to say, because that’s it. I thought we were outstanding, 2-0 up and should’ve been four.
“The referee changes the game because he doesn’t give us goals for offside, their second goal was offside.
“Until we deal with that and things go our way a little bit, and we go out of sight and are able to win a game comfortably, you’re naturally going to be a little hesitant in terms of winning, but we were very, very good for large parts of it and the referee’s made sure they got something out the game.”
When asked about the latest disappointing results and the club’s lowly position, Ricketts angrily replied: “We talk about this (the bigger picture) all the time, I’m still infuriated by the referee not giving us the goals that we should’ve done and that’s where I stand today.”
Ricketts’ reign included a memorable FA Cup performance against Liverpool in January as his team earned a fourth-round replay against the new Premier League champions.
RICKETTS’ PLAYING CAREER:
–2000 – Oxford United
2000–2003 – Oxford United – 45 games (1 goal)
2002–2003 → Nuneaton Borough (loan) – 11 games (1 goal)
2003–2004 – Telford United – 41 games (4 goals)
2004–2006 – Swansea City – 86 games (1 goal)
2006–2009 – Hull City – 113 games (1 goal)
2009–2013 – Bolton Wanderers – 96 games (1 goal)
2013–2015 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 48 games (2 goals)
2015 → Swindon Town (loan) – 9 games (0 goals)
2015–2016 – Coventry City – 46 games (1 goal)
Total – 495 games (12 goals)
Wrexham – 2 May 2018 until 3 December 2018 – 23 games, 13 wins, 7 draws, 3 defeats, 56.5 win %
Shrewsbury Town – 3 December 2018 until 25 November 2020 – 96 games, 28 wins, 34 draws, 34 defeats, 29.2 win %
Total – 119 games, 41 wins, 41 draws, 37 defeats, 34.5 win %
Fans reacted after seeing Shrewsbury Town part company with their manager Sam Ricketts…
Make it happen pic.twitter.com/a3HWYGky4V
— Will Nankivell (@WillNankivell) November 25, 2020
completely agree mate, been saying for a long time that Wenger is the one 👍👊
— olinator4 (@olinator4) November 25, 2020
get in there pic.twitter.com/IlgERRJLmO
— JA (@joesus11) November 25, 2020
Exactly. I think it’s important not to make it personal. Sam clearly did his best but this is 100% the right move for the club. Personally I hope he can learn from this experience and come back stronger, but for us now, the next appointment is crucial…
— Jon Hilton (@jonhilt) November 25, 2020
Make my day please pic.twitter.com/4wptC91Wfk
— Matt Gregson (@TheMattGregson) November 25, 2020
Never a nice thing but enough was enough and the right call before we get cut further adrift
— Derek Caslin 🔧 (@derekcaslin1) November 25, 2020
Never understand the sheer hatred that one of our own can generate. Sam did carry on the great #salop cup tradition but struggled to replicate in the league. Thanks for your efforts Sam. Good luck in the future. 👍
— Mark McGowan (@markglasgowSTFC) November 25, 2020
RICKETTS GARNNNNNNN pic.twitter.com/Y6jMd4bequ
— Jack (@Salop_Wack) November 25, 2020
Would like to thank Sam for his hard work, but the tine for getting rid was long before today! Really hope the board make the right move this time because a season in League 2 beckons if they do not!
— Dave (@daveevanson1982) November 25, 2020
Never nice for someone to get the sack. Clearly worked very hard but just didn’t work out for what ever reason. Massive pressure on the board now to get the next managerial appointment right
— Peter Oakley (@agentoakley) November 25, 2020
— Sam Watson (@samjwatson99) November 25, 2020
Thank you to The Board for making the right decision, onwards and upwards. Great squad on paper to be fair. Time now to get right behind them COYB #salop
— Jane (@janepittaway777) November 25, 2020