Andy Ritchie Gets The Sack

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 01/04/2008
Today at 11am Huddersfield Town boss Andy Ritchie left the club by mutual consent after Chairman Ken Davy felt the club hadn't progressed despite increased spending and new signings.Andy Ritchie Gets The Sack

Ritchie's last game in charge was the 4-1 defeat away at Oldham, ironically the team that Ritchie has served as a player and manager cost him his job with a heavy defeat.
I was there at the Oldham match at Boundary Park, we got hammered and played off the park by a side plagued by injuries having to play youth and reserve players.
It was a gutless display, no passion, no desire, no nothing ? There was no positives to take from that performance and there hasn?t been from performances in recent weeks. Crowds has slumped to a Galpharm record low of 6,004 for the last league home game against Brighton and this has obviously been a factor in Ken Davy?s decision to sack Andy Ritchie.

Gerry Murphy has been put in temporary charge with Ken Davy issuing this statement to the official Huddersfield Town website:

?Andy Ritchie is as nice a person as you could meet and we wish him every success in the future.?

?Going forward however, our focus at Huddersfield Town now has to be appointing a new manager for our centenary season.?

?For whatever reason the reality is that despite an increase spend and new signings, we have not progressed as we all hoped this season. We will now take a fresh look at our options.?

?Huddersfield Town has some great supporters and tremendous potential as well as a great history, we need to find someone who can harness these elements as we celebrate the Club?s hundred years.?

Name have been flying around already, ex-Wigan and former Town player Chris Hutchings, ex-Town player Mark Lillis currently assistant manager at Morecombe, Ex-Town striker Ronnie Jepson are a few to be mentioned.
Billy Davies, Martin Allen, Iain Dowie and Steve Cotterill have also been linked.

So were are back to where we started a year ago when Davy sacked Peter Jackson, to who we all send our best wishes to the ex Town defender at the moment. The 4-1 defeat at Oldham mirrored Peter Jackson?s last match at a 5-1 defeat at Notts Forest performance wise. Nothing has changed since the departure of Peter Jackson.

I hope Davy picks the right man, I wouldn?t begrudge if Billy Davies or Iain Dowie became the next Town manager,
But I would like to see Martin Allen as the man in charge.

Did a good job at Brentford on a small budget, reaching the play-offs twice in two seasons but lost both in the semi-finals and was harshly sacked at Leicester City early this season.
Martin ?Mad Dog? Allen is a fiery manager which I think would be good for the Town as too many players I think are complacent in the team and it does need a massive shake up.


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