Sky Bet League One side Walsall have confirmed on their official website that they have sacked manager Sean O’Driscoll after a run of bad results.
O’Driscoll took over at the Bescot Stadium back in December after Dean Smith’s move to Brentford just three months ago.
The former AFC Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers boss only managed 16 games in charge of the League One outfit, with a string of bad performances seeing them go on a six game winless run.
Despite their poor form of late, lots of controversy surrounds this decision made by the powers that be at Walsall. This is due to the fact that the Saddlers are only five points off the automatic promotion places and, with a seven-point cushion above Coventry City in seventh, a play-off finish appears to be the least they can hope for.
Their latest defeat came on Saturday in the shape of a 3-1 loss in front of their home fans against a resurgent Barnsley. This meant another blow to their promotion hopes as Millwall and Gillingham, two promotion rivals, picked up points in their respective games.
The loss was another example of how tight it is becoming at the top of League One as the win for Barnsley saw them sneak into the promotion places with 11 wins in their last 13 league games. Four points now seperate Barnsley in sixth and Gillingham in third.
As a result, whoever Walsall are looking to bring in to replace O’Driscoll will need to hit the ground running as they try to return to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2001.
The Saddlers take on Chestersfield on Saturday as they look to reguvenate their season to give them best hope of gaining promotion to the Championship.
Between Smith’s depature and O’Driscoll’s arrival in December, the first team was under the joint-caretaker management team of Jon Whitney, Neil Cutler and John Ward. This caretaking staff will most likely be expected to take charge of their next game if no permanent boss is appointed.
However, with the immediate termination of O’Driscoll’s contract, it could be very likely that Walsall have found the boss they want to see them push for promotion to the Championship.
The sacking of O’Driscoll shows the desperation for teams to reach the Championship. Also, it again proves how ruthless owners and board members are willing to be at the desperate attempt to become successful.
Walsall fans… what do you make of the sacking? Who do you expect your side to bring in? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!