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New boss Terry Burton
"If anyone writes poison about this club they'll end up the river"
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Wimbledon chairman Bjorn Gjelsten
"We had a long talk and decided a change was needed"
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Monday, 1 May, 2000, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
Olsen axed by Wimbledon
Egil Olsen has come under increasing criticism
Egil Olsen's troubled reign as Wimbledon manager has come to an end, with Terry Burton appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season.

But the permanent job could go to a Dons cult hero, after former frontman John Fashanu announced he was keen to take over.

Relegation is not an option, avoiding that is the number one priority. We must put emotions aside.

Dons chairman Bjorn Gjelsten
The news of Olsen's removal came as no surprise, after the club were defeated 3-0 at Bradford on Sunday - a loss that saw them slip into the relegation zone with just two games remaining.

Olsen enjoyed great success with Norway's national side, but he failed to see eye to eye with a number of players and his tactics were also subject of increasing criticism.

Speaking at a media conference on Monday, Wimbledon chairman Bjorn Gjelsten said the priority must be to avoid relegation.

Burton welcomes the media after being unveiled as manager
"Egil Olsen has been relieved with immediate effect," he said.

"Egil was hired for the right reasons, his results historically speak for themselves - he took Norway into the world's top 10.

"Egil has behaved very honestly and he's been hard working and always did what he felt was best for Wimbledon Football Club.

"After the Bradford game we had a long talk and the decision was made that a change is needed.

"Terry Burton is appointed as manager with immediate effect."

Reports of this club's death have been greatly exaggerated and we won't tolerate questions over our players' commitment to the club.

Terry Burton
Burton will take charge for the remaining two games of the season, but he admitted he would like to secure the post full-time.

"Of course I would like the position he said.

" I believe that with the staff and players we've got we'll stay up.

"Reports of this club's death have been greatly exaggerated and we won't tolerate questions over our players' commitment to the club."

Fashanu fancies return

However, Burton is likely to face stiff competition for the job.

John Hartson says the club needs a change
Former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu was the first high-profile to throw his hat into the ring.

"I have decided I am going to go for it," Fashanu said.

"If you cut me open I would read Wimbledon through and through. I care passionately for the club - so passionately that I am going to do something I have never considered before.

"I am going to put in an application for the manager's job - and that is because I believe there are people out there who will give me their support."

Troubled tenure

The trouble at Selhurst Park is all a far cry from a Wimbledon side who upset all the odds when beating Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup in 1988 and have played in the Premiership for the last 14 seasons.

Despite spending 10.5m, Olsen has failed to transform the club
Olsen's plight was not helped by the failure of a number of a big signings.

Trond Andersen has not lived up to his 2.5m price tag, while Martin Andresen is a promising young midfielder, but yet to justify his 1.8m fee.

Defender Hermann Hreidarsson has impressed some after a 2.5m move from Brentford, but striker Andreas Lund has impressed no-one since moving for the same fee from Molde.

The club have also undergone massive upheavals off the field with long-time owner Sam Hammam selling out to two Norwegian millionaires.

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