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Thursday, 25 October, 2001, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Barnsley sack Spackman
Nigel Spackman
Spackman was appointed in January this year
First Division Barnsley have sacked manager Nigel Spackman.

Spackman took charge at Oakwell in January this year and has led the Tykes to just nine wins in 33 league games. They are currently 23rd in Division One.

First-team coach Derek Fazackerley has also been dismissed.

  Nigel Spackman's career
1980: Joins Bournemouth
1983: Joins Chelsea for 25,000
1987: Joins Liverpool for 400,000
1988: Wins First Division Championship
1989: Signed by Rangers and wins three Scottish Premier titles
1992: Rejoins Chelsea
1996: Transfers to Sheffield United and becomes player-manager
1998: Resigns as Blades manager
2001: Named as Barnsley manager in January - sacked in October

Reserve coach Glyn Hodges has taken temporary charge of the side while the club begins the hunt for a new manager.

"Playing performances and results have been unacceptable and the directors are firmly of the opinion that this measure is in the best interests of the club," said a club statement.

The 40-year-old former Chelsea, Liverpool and Rangers defensive midfielder took over the reins at Oakwell after Dave Bassett left the club.

Spackman is the 18th manager in just over two months to be given the sack this season.

He complained: "If you look at some of the casualties in football these days people aren't given time to turn things around. It's all very short-sighted.

"If you look at the success at the likes of Sunderland, Charlton, Middlesbrough and Ipswich, you see you need to stick with people and let them turn it around.

"But the expectations are very high at Barnsley and what people want are winners.

"This is the way football is and when you are at the wrong end of the table your head is on the line."

Former England international Geoff Thomas revealed his surprise at Spackman's dismissal.


The derby defeat against Sheffield Wednesday will have added to the pressure
Geoff Thomas, ex-Barnsley player

The 37-year-old midfielder, now at Crewe, spent 21 months at Oakwell between June 1999 and March this year.

He said he was shocked at the speedy departure of Spackman after just 10 months at the helm.

He said: "Things haven't been going well so far this season, but the dismissal has come very quickly.

"I'm delighted Glyn Hodges is taking charge for the time being. I worked alongside him with the reserves last season, and he's an up-and-coming coach.

"The derby defeat against Sheffield Wednesday will have added to the pressure on Nigel.

"They need someone who is home-grown or has been a part of it in the past. I think the board would like someone like Mick McCarthy if they could get him.

"The club have got great facilities, but it's still a difficult job," added Thomas.

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