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Forest Green sack Burchnall

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Forest Green have sacked head coach Ian Burchnall.

With Rovers rooted to the bottom of League One with just five wins from 28 league games, chairman Dale Vince felt the time was right to part company with the former Notts County boss who joined Rovers at the start of the season following the departure of Rob Edwards.

The team are four points adrift of safety following a 1-0 defeat to 10-man Bolton on Tuesday, their seventh defeat in eight games, and have won just twice in the league since October.

Vince said: “I’m grateful to Ian for all his hard work this season, it’s definitely not been easy.  Our first season in League One was always going to be a challenge in itself but it’s been been made more difficult by a number of factors, with their roots in last summer.  I believe in Ian as a coach, but circumstances have led us to this place, we’ve recruited strongly in the January window, player wise – now we need to recruit a new head coach – to give ourselves the best chance or staying in this league.”

Burchnall was left hamstrung after a summer of departures and injuries to key players during his brief tenure, he said: “I want to thank Dale for giving me the opportunity to manage in the Football League. The challenge was greater than I could have thought coming in. I have learnt a lot though. For the fans, I am sorry that I couldn’t make it work and that they didn’t see the best of my team. I hope for them the team turns it around. They deserve a team in League One. My extended thanks to the players, staff and everyone at the club for their efforts – I wish you all the best for the future.”

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