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Walsall sack boss Sean O’Driscoll

Walsall have sacked Sean O’Driscoll as club manager, The Saddlers’ club website has confirmed.

O’Driscoll had only been appointed Walsall boss on 18 December, replacing long-time Saddlers boss Dean Smith, who had left the club to become manager of Championship side Brentford.

O’Driscoll’s previous managerial positions in The Football League include spells as boss at Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.

A run of six games without victory has seen Walsall drop from the automatic promotion spots in Sky Bet League One to fourth, The Saddlers now five points behind second-placed Wigan.

Saturday’s disappointing 3-1 home defeat to in-form Barnsley would be O’Driscoll’s final game in charge of Walsall, with the club releasing a statement today announcing that they have parted ways with O’Driscoll with immediate effect.

A statement from Saddlers chief executive Stefan Gamble read:

“On behalf of the Board we thank Sean for his time, effort and dedication during his short spell at the Club and wish him well for the future.”

The now departed O’Driscoll also made comment, stating:

“I am extremely disappointed for the players, their performances over the past month have not gained the points they deserved.

“This is a different phase of the season, and as we have repeatedly seen, teams have recognised the team’s strengths from the first half of the campaign and prepared to counter that when facing us.

“But the players deserve enormous credit for adapting, finding different ways to play and maintaining their performance levels even, at times, in the face of frustration and disappointment.

“They are a close group whose success so far has been built on the trust, understanding and respect among them. I wish them the best for the rest of the season.

Whether the club will attempt to appoint a new manager permanently before the end of the season has yet to be confirmed.

Walsall’s next league fixture sees them travel to Danny Wilson’s Chesterfield next week, before a mid-week clash with Fleetwood Town on 15 March.

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