Basingstoke defeat ends manager’s four year tenure

Mon Apr 2, 2012 : 14:39

Hawks chairman Derek Pope has spoken out in today’s News about the departure of manager Shaun Gale after Saturday’s defeat at Basingstoke. In an interview with Kevin Ricketts he mentions crisis talks with Gale yesterday that ended with him leaving the job. Pope said:

‘Maybe it is something that should have been done a little while ago but this situation can’t go on. We feel Shaun can’t do anymore and by intervening it can’t get any worse. It has not been easy because I have known Shaun for a long time.

‘But we have reached a point where we feel a need to move on.

‘Shaun has done a good job at the club over the years and we would like to thank him for all he has achieved here.

‘It is important we all pull together in the last couple of weeks, and that starts in the friendly against AFC Bournemouth tomorrow and in the league at Truro next weekend.’

The newspaper goes on to report that assistant manager Steve Johnson seems likely to lead the Hawks in the charge for league survival, while a permanent replacement will be appointed over the summer.

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