Stuart McCall yesterday became the 38th manager to lose his job this season, the second at Scunthorpe United, as his short spell at Glanford Park was brought to a premature end.
McCall only took over in August after Nick Daws was sacked, but a run of two wins in nine matches have seen them drop perilously close to the bottom four in League One.
They were comfortably beaten by Rochdale this weekend, going down 3-1 at Spotland. That closed the gap between the Iron and the relegation zone to just two points, with Rochdale 22nd and now three points adrift of Scunthorpe.
With just seven matches to go, Scunthorpe are in poor form and real danger of slipping out of the third tier. McCall’s sacking wasn’t a complete surprise to those at Glanford Park, not after their recent run of form.
Here’s three reasons why we feel his dismissal was the right move by the Iron.
The Iron haven’t managed to find a level of consistency that’s acceptable to their supporters.
They were unbeaten in six over Christmas, but have lost six in nine now.
Under McCall they plummeted to 23rd, but their resurgence hasn’t been sustained.
Gillingham, Oxford and Rochdale have all beaten them recently, hugely damaging defeats against fellow strugglers.
If they’d been going away and snatching the odd point, maybe chairman Peter Swann wouldn’t have had to act.
They’ve lost their last five away matches on the spin.
Lack of improvement in key areas
Defensively, Rory McArdle and Cameron Burgess haven’t been as strong as they could be, making basic errors.
Up front, they’ve only scored more than one goal in a game once since late January, that against fellow strugglers Southend.
There’s just been no real improvement under McCall.