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Managerial Merry-Go-Round Continues In The EFL


Neil Harris has become the third manager to be sacked by an EFL club in less than 18 hours as League Two Gillingham decide to part ways with the former Cardiff City boss.

Harris has been sacked after Gillingham’s 2-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening saw them slip out of the top seven and the playoff places. They have collected one point from their last three matches but did begin with six victories in their opening eight games.

Following their relegation to the fourth-tier in 2022, Gillingham were involved in a relegation battle for much of last season, scoring just six goals in their first 23 matches. Harris was then backed in the January transfer window after a takeover of the completed was completed by Brad Gallinson and Gallinson, once again, backed the club in the summer as they seek a return to League One. Director of Football, Kenny Jackett, was involved in the decision to relieve Harris of his duties.

On Wednesday evening, two other managers were sacked as Sheffield Wednesday decided to move on from Xisco Munoz and Mark Hughes left another Yorkshire club, Bradford City.

Sheffield Wednesday gained promotion over the summer but decided to part ways with Darren Moore with The Owls’ owner, Dejphon Chansiri, blaming Moore for his post-season demands. Former Watford boss, Xisco Munoz, who gained promotion to the Premier League with The Hornets in 2021, took charge but has failed to ignite any form at Hillsborough.

They have collected two points from their opening ten matches and are rock-bottom in the Championship, already seven points adrift of safety with the aforementioned Chansiri exacerbating worries by suggesting he will no longer fund the club. Wednesday face former boss Darren Moore at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon as Huddersfield Town arrive for a Yorkshire derby.

After a 2-1 defeat away to Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday, Mark Hughes was given his marching orders from Valley Parade with The Bantams, consistent underperformers, sitting in the bottom-half of the table with three victories in 11 matches.

Hughes took charge in 2022 but never sparked any sort of consistency within the team and, after losing in the playoff semi-finals to Carlisle United last season, a bottom-half position after 11 games was enough to sack the 59-year-old former Manchester United striker, who has managed six different clubs in the Premier League.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.


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