Mansfield Town sacked David Flitcroft yesterday after they failed to gain promotion from League Two this season.
The Stags narrowly missed out on automatic promotion and then lost to Newport County over two legs in the Play-Offs.
The fourth tier side wasted no time in appointing a successor to Flitcroft and immediately turned to academy manager John Dempster to take the reigns.
It will be the 36-year-old’s first managerial role. He spent three years as a player at Field Mill as well as having spells at Oxford United and Crawley Town.
Dempster retired from playing in 2014 and became Mansfield’s academy manager. He was placed in caretaker charge in February 2018 before Flitcroft was appointed.
Their chairman, John Radford, has said, as per their official club website: “In John, 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.”
Here is how the Mansfield fans have reacted on Twitter to the appointment of John Dempster as manager:
Why not give him a go? Had quality results season after season with the youth team it’s not all about ‘promotion specialists’ Pep went from Barca B to Barca So who knows. Exciting
— Will🏴 (@Willhzz) May 14, 2019
— Peter Blackburn (@petermblackburn) May 14, 2019
Not sure what to make of the Flitcroft sacking, likeable bloke and someone we all wanted to succeed. Pleased to see Dempster given the job full time, deserves it! Just hope he’s backed like the previous managers have been! 🙌🏽 #Stags #MTFC
— Jack Richardson (@92_jackrich) May 14, 2019
— Adam Whittaker (@AdamDWhittaker) May 14, 2019
For anybody taking doom and gloom from #Stags giving ex-player (and arguably decent youth academy coach) John Dempster the job, take a look at Bury’s achievement with Ryan Lowe.
— Sam Butler (@Bam_Sutler) May 14, 2019
Good riddance. Useless waste of space. 👋 #Stags
John Dempster the replacement though? 🤔🙄 A manager with no senior managerial experience is a gamble when your goal is promotion. Let's hope it pays off and he can duplicate his success as youth level.https://t.co/4OaYnoLXTx
— 🏴 Scott 🇬🇧 (@Scottm295) May 14, 2019
Is this a cheap option?
— jay lawton (@jayjay1453) May 14, 2019