The season's just started but the managerial merry-go-round has well and truly begun
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The transfer market may have closed, but the movement of managers at clubs has only just begun. Blackpool United's Gary Bowyer became the first to depart during the 2018/19 season, with even more positions already looking questionable. Although Bowyer’s departure may have been voluntary, with the club indicating the former gaffer sought to spend more time with family, the following exits looked anything but a resignation. Gary Johnson of Cheltenham Town was the first to be sacked from his job this season following his team equalising in the 85th minute of the match against Macclesfield. Johnson was removed from his position despite only managing four league matches into the season, albeit Cheltenham conceding defeat in three-quarters of those outings. The assistant manager, Russell Milton has stepped in as a caretaker manager until the club can appoint their next gaffer. Potential replacements lined up for the new job include ex-Cheltenham Town player Martin Devaney, former Birmingham City defender and current Bath City manager Jerry Gill, and the current caretaker manager, Russell Milton. Another manager who has faced a similar fate to Gary Johnson was the former manager of Scunthorpe United, Nick Daws, who was sacked after only four league games this season. Daws took the job back in May this year and even claimed victory over Coventry in their opening game, but a string of defeats to Sunderland and Scunthorpe was enough to seal the fate for the 48-year-old. The former Motherwell and Bradford City gaffer, Stuart McCall, has now officially been appointed as the new manager and will head to Accrington Stanley for his first game at the helm of the club.
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