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Fleetwood sack manager Greenwood

Tony Greenwood
Greenwood had been in charge of Fleetwood since 2003 (Pic: FTFC)

Fleetwood have sacked manager Tony Greenwood following a poor start to the Blue Square North season.

Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat by Hucknall Town saw Fleetwood slip into the bottom three and chairman Andy Pilley decided to act.

"We've been pretty poor and my concern is we won't progress as we should and won't get enough fans through the gate," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

The Fishermen won three promotions in four years under Greenwood's guidance.

Pilley admitted it was a tough call to part company with Greenwood and one he agonised over.

"It was one of the hardest conversations I've ever had in my life," he said.

"In four and a half years as chairman Tony is the only manager I've ever known and we've had unrivalled success with three promotions, one cup final win and a place in the first round of the FA Cup.

"Ultimately, it's a judgement call - you've got to make brave decisions in football, it's one we'll stand or fall on but we consider it to be in the best interests of the club."

Fleetwood have spent nearly 1.5m on the redevelopment of their Highbury Stadium and made several high-profile signings including ex-Blackpool players John Hills and Phil Doughty.

"We are ambitious and we've aspirations to progress further still," said Pilley.

"We get pretty good attendances for the level we're at and we think it's an ideal opportunity for a manager to make a name for himself - we expect an awful lot of interest [in the vacancy]."

Assistant manager Nigel Greenwood, Tony's brother, and first-team coach Andy Whittaker have also left the club.

see also
Salisbury 3-0 Fleetwood Town
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