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Troy Deeney sacked after just six games as Forest Green manager


Troy Deeney has been sacked six matches into his job as a manager at Forest Green after just 29 days at the helm.

Deeney drew stinging criticism after publicly blasting his players in his post-match interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Billy Hunt, following defeat at home to Harrogate last Saturday.

Dale Vince, chairman of Forest Green confirmed Deeney’s departure: “These are decisions nobody likes to make, but we have acted this way to give FGR the best possible chance of improving results and climbing the league table. We wish Troy all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts.” 

Tonight, Thursday, Deeney was handed a four-game touchline ban by the Football Association for using language that was “improper and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening” when he was sent off during his second game in charge, against Swindon Town and this proved to be the last straw for chairman Dale Vince, who is trying to keep his side from dropping out of the Football League with the Nailsworth side rooted to the bottom of the table.

The former Watford striker joined League Two Forest Green as a player-coach in the summer but failed to win any of his six games in charge.

Forest Green are searching for their third boss of the campaign.

Dan Connor, the club’s longstanding goalkeeper coach, who joined the club under Mark Cooper, will take interim charge for the game at Gillingham on Saturday.

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