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SHIRTLIFF SACKED
19th December 2006 22:27


SHIRTLIFF AXED
CHAD website, 19 December 2006
MANSFIELD Town this morning sacked manager Peter Shirtliff midway through his first full season in charge and put assistant Paul Holland in temporary charge.
Shirtliff took over from Carlton Palmer in September 2005 and quickly turned around the club's fortunes, dragging them from the relegation battle towards the fringes of the Play-off spots for a time.
But, after a superb October, this season has turned sour on him, winning only once in eight games and going out all three Cup competitions. Shirtliff today paid the price for that slump.
Stags chief executive Keith Haslam said: "Unfortunately things haven't worked out the way we both would have liked and I hope that Peter gets a very quick return to management and has better luck in the future.
In an official statement on the club's web site, Shirtliff said: "I have enjoyed my time here and I am disappointed but I realise that this is a results-based business and results just haven't been good enough.
"I would like to thank the supporters for all the support they have shown me during my time here and I thank the players for their hard work and effort shown."
He later told Chad: "He (Keith Haslam) thinks a change is required.
"I am disappointed but not totally surprised because of the way things have been going of late. That's football and I have just got to move on.
"I think I will be all the better for my time at Mansfield. I have learned a hell of a lot and I don't think I have done that badly.
"In fact, under the circumstances, I think I did a decent job.
"I was told before training this morning. Paul Holland took training and then I informed the players afterwards.
"I think they were shocked but players are players and they will just get on with it.
"I have told Paul to just get on with it. I am confident that two results will turn our season around or get us back on track.
"It is only October that we were unbeaten through the month and everything seemed fine. But things change so quickly in football and it never comes as a surprise whatever happens.
"The statement the club have given out is pretty accurate and I am happy with the way they have dealt with me in terms of finshing me at Mansfield.
"I may now have a quiet Christmas at home with my family unless something else turns up in the meantime.".
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Audio interview with Peter Shirtliff from BBC Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/realmedia/2006/12/shirtliff_sacked.ram
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Stags part company with Shirtliff
BBC.co.uk

Peter Shirtliff's 15-month spell as manager of Mansfield Town has ended, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.
The Stags have won just one of their last eight matches and have slipped to 18th in the table, four points above the relegation zone.

Shirtliff told the club's website: "I'm disappointed but this is a results-based business and the results have not been good enough."

Assistant boss Paul Holland has been placed in temporary charge.

Shirtliff added: "I still believe that two results could have turned things around but that's the situation we find ourselves in.

"I want to thank the supporters for the support they have shown and the players for their hard work and effort."

Shirtliff took over from Carlton Palmer in September 2005 and turned around the team's fortunes by leading them to league survival last season.

But the club have struggled in League Two this season.

Chief executive Keith Haslam said: "Unfortunately things haven't worked out the way we both would have liked and I hope Peter gets a very quick return to management and gets better luck in the future."
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SHOCK AS SHIRTLIFF LEAVES STAGS
Evening Post website, 19 Dec2006

MANSFIELD Town today parted company with boss Peter Shirtliff.

Chief executive Keith Haslam refused to comment on rumours Shirtliff had been relieved of his duties when contacted this morning.

But he did add a statement would be released at a later time.

Shirtliff confirmed the decision but said he was unable to say anything else until the official club statement had been made.

The Evening Post understands the players reported to the ground this morning and were called to a meeting where they were told of the decision.

The Stags have won just one of their last eight games and last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Barnet saw them slide to 18th in the table.

It has led to sections of the club's support becoming increasingly disappointed with results.

The official Mansfield statement said: "It is with great regret that Mansfield Town announce the departure of manager Peter Shirtliff.

Shirtliff took over from Carlton Palmer in September 2005 and instantly turned the team around, ensuring league survival in last year's campaign.

Recent form, however, has not been so good and with results not going the club's way, it was decided to make a change.

Shirtliff said: "I have enjoyed my time here and I am disappointed but I realise that it is a results-based business and results just haven't been good enough.

"I still believe that two results could have turned things around but that is the situation we find ourselves in.

"I would like to thank the supporters for all the support they have shown me during my time here and thank the players for their hard work and effort shown."

Chief executive Keith Haslam added: "Unfortunately things haven't worked out the way we both would have liked and I hope that Peter gets a very quick return to management and has better luck in the future."

Paul Holland will be taking over the reins in a temporary caretaker role until a suitable replacement can be found.
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Peter Shirtliff Leaves Stags mansfieldtown.net

It is with deep regret that Mansfield Town FC announce the departure of manager Peter Shirtliff.

Shirtliff took over from Carlton Palmer in September 2005 and

instantly turned the team around ensuring league survival in last

year's campaign.

Recent form however has not been so good and with results not going

the club's way it was decided to make a change:

" I have enjoyed my time here and I am disappointed but I realise

that it is a results based business and results just haven't been

good enough. I still believe that two results could have turned

things around but that is the situation we find ourselves in.

"I would like to thank the supporters for all the support they have

shown me during my time here and thank the players for their hard

work and effort shown"

Chief Executive Keith Haslam added:

"Unfortunately things haven't worked out the way we both would have

liked and I hope that Peter gets a very quick return to management

and has better luck in the future."

Everybody at the club would like to wish Peter all the very best of

luck with his future career. In the meantime Paul Holland will be

taking over the reigns in a temporary caretaker role until a

suitable replacement can be found.

 

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