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Stockport cuts force Gannon out

Jim Gannon
Gannon helped to keep Stockport in the Football League in 2006

Jim Gannon has been made redundant as manager of cash-strapped Stockport along with assistant boss Peter Ward.

The move comes after the Hatters were placed into administration at the end of April and were deducted 10 points in accordance with Football League rules.

Administrators Leonard Curtis have been looking to reduce the club's wage-bill, with 40-year-old Gannon becoming the first major casualty.

In February this year, he rejected a chance to become Brighton manager.

"It is regrettable that due to funding constraints during the administration period it has been necessary to make a number of redundancies," read a statement from the administrators.

I have spoken to a couple of the lads and no-one seems to know what's going on

Stockport keeper Owain Fon Williams

"Following the conclusion of the playing season, the number of coaching staff has been reduced and regrettably cuts include the manager, Jim Gannon.

"It is hoped that these cost reductions will enable us to preserve the club in the short term and secure a buyer in the near future."

The majority of the current squad were brought to the club by the highly-rated Gannon, who guided his side away from the League Two drop zone after taking over in December 2005.

Hatters goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams, who was signed by Gannon in 2008, has expressed his dismay at the latest turn of events.

"I don't know what happens next," said Fon Williams.

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"I was in yesterday and everything was okay, none of this came up. They just said that I should come back in a week to see the physio and that was all.

"Jim has done very well in fairness. It was hard times for him, because in January we had to get rid of a couple of players and lost a couple of players on loan.

"It's going to be very strange going back there now. I don't know who is left, that's the thing. I have spoken to a couple of the lads and no-one seems to know what's going on."

Former defender Gannon was a fans' favourite at the club, playing over 400 times for the Edgeley Park outfit before making the step-up to management and guiding the club into League One on a shoe-string budget.



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see also
Turner condemns Stockport ruling
05 May 09 |  Hereford
Stockport go into administration
30 Apr 09 |  Stockport


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