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Grimsby dismiss manager Buckley

Alan Buckley
Buckley was in his third spell as Grimsby manager

Grimsby Town have sacked manager Alan Buckley after gaining only two points from their first six games of the League Two season.

The Mariners are currently fifth bottom in League Two after being beaten 3-1 by Chester at home over the weekend.

"It is with regret that the board of directors have decided, due to a run of poor results, to relieve Alan Buckley of his duties," said a club statement.

"Alan has been a fine ambassador to the football club."

Buckley was in his third spell at the club and led them to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final last season before eventually losing 2-0 to MK Dons at Wembley.

Their only victory this season was a 2-0 Carling Cup success against Tranmere last month.

"This difficult decision takes nothing away from his wonderful achievements which transpired in the club enjoying an extended stay in the Championship together with three wonderful trips to Wembley," the statement added.

"We would like to express our sincere thanks to Alan and we are sure that everybody connected with the club will respect him for his magnificent achievements whilst manager."

Assistant manager Stuart Watkiss has assumed first-team duties on a temporary basis at Blundell Park.

see also
Sacking no shock to Grimsby fans
15 Sep 08 |  Grimsby
Grimsby 1-3 Chester
13 Sep 08 |  League Two
Buckley buoyed by Grimsby
12 Feb 08 |  Grimsby
Grimsby chairman backing Buckley
25 Oct 07 |  Grimsby
Grimsby 0-2 MK Dons
30 Mar 08 |  Football

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