Sports: David Flitcroft sacked by Mansfield Town after losing in play-offs

Sports: David Flitcroft sacked by Mansfield Town after losing in play-offs

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Mansfield Town have sacked manager David Flitcroft in the aftermath of the Stags’ play-off semi-final defeat to Newport County.

Flitcroft’s backroom team, which included former Lincoln City defender Ben Futcher, have also left the club.

The Stags finished fourth in League Two after being pipped to automatic promotion by MK Dons on the final day of the regular season.

Town then lost on penalties to Newport in the play-offs after the tie finished 1-1 on aggregate.

Having spent heavily in the bid to secure League One football, the Stags were widely expected to finish in the top three, and failure to do so has cost Flitcroft his job.

 

In a statement, Mansfield chairman John Radford said: “It is with a heavy heart that we part company with David and his staff, however, the decision has been made with the best interests of Mansfield Town Football Club in mind.

“Despite a season of progress, we were unable to fulfil our primary objective of earning promotion to League One, despite having a number of games to achieve this ambition.

“We thank David and his staff for their tireless endeavours and part ways amicably. David and his staff have been highly professional throughout their tenures and we wish them genuine success in the future.”

 

Academy manager John Dempster has been appointed new first team manager at the One Call Stadium.

Radford added: “In John [Dempster], we have a man who is considered to be one of the brightest and most innovative young coaches in football.

“His success with the youth team over the past few seasons has been remarkable and he now deserves the opportunity to manage the first team.

“John will have our full backing. He is appointed as manager of a club which is widely considered as one of the best operations in football.

“His rebuilding process starts today and we encourage all Stags’ supporters to welcome John into the position as a new era at One Call Stadium gets under way.”

 



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