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Last Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Chapman surprise at Rovers sack
Former Albion Rovers manager Jim Chapman
Jim Chapman believes Rovers lack ambition
Sacked Albion Rovers manager Jim Chapman has expressed his dismay at departing the Division Three club at a time he thinks progress was being made.

Rovers have cited a breakdown in communication between Chapman and director of football Robert Watt for their decision.

Chapman said: "This has caught me off guard. It is a terrible feeling to be sacked and I am still shocked.

"We'd a five-year plan and I believe we showed we were on track."

The Coatbridge side had finished sixth, two places and 19 points better off than last term.

"I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from other managers and coaches and from the payers themselves," said Chapman.

"I am really sorry for the backroom staff and the players who put so much into the club."

Chapman, assistant Alan Adamson, plus coaches Eric Stallard and Jimmy McLaughlin, had been working without payment but have all now left the club.

"It is hard to get my head round the decision as next season our target was promotion," said the former manager.

"Yet they have cited communication problems as the reason for my dismissal.

"However, I believe the bottom line is the club's ambitions don't match mine."

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