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Last Updated: Monday, 8 October 2007, 20:55 GMT 21:55 UK
Donachie axed as Millwall manager
Willie Donachie
Donachie played for Manchester City and won 35 Scottish caps
League One strugglers Millwall have sacked manager Willie Donachie.

Donachie, 56, took charge in September 2006 with the Lions at the foot of the table and led them to mid-table safety.

But a 4-0 weekend defeat at Carlisle left the Londoners at the bottom again. Veteran defender Richard Shaw will take temporary charge of the team.

"This decision was taken with a heavy heart," executive deputy chairman Heather Rabbatts said. "We all love and deeply admire Willie Donachie."

Former Scotland full-back Donachie worked as an assistant manager at Oldham, Everton, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich before replacing Nigel Spackman at the Millwall helm.

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"We were desperate for him to bring us the success he so craved," Rabbatts continued.

"He will be greatly missed by us on a personal level but, as at the same stage last season, decisive action was necessary in the long term interests of the football club."

Millwall, who were a top-flight club in the late 1980s, have had a succession of managers in recent seasons, with four different bosses in 2005 alone.



SEE ALSO
Carlisle 4-0 Millwall
06 Oct 07 |  League One
Donachie set to extend Lions stay
19 Mar 07 |  Millwall
Donachie gets permanent Lions job
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