Gloucester City have today parted company with manager Chris Todd, just 24 hours after he had released a statement saying he was capable of turning it around for the club.
On New Year’s Day City slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Weston-super-mare and the defeat marked four months to the day since City’s last win in the league, a 2-1 away win at Hungerford in September under previous manager Marc Richards, who left to join Hereford FC weeks later.
Following the game Tigers fans took to social media to voice their dismay at the run of results during Todd’s regime, that saw Gloucester slip from midtable into the relegation zone.
Later that evening Todd took to Gloucester City’s social media accounts to issue a statement, in which Todd said he was the right man to turn it around. The full statement can be read here.
This morning we were then met with a statement from the club on their website, which read:
“Gloucester City AFC announces that manager Chris Todd has left the club by mutual agreement.
The club would like to thank Chris for his efforts during his time at Gloucester City and to wish him every success in the future.
Tom Webb & Mike Green will undertake the role of joint caretaker managers, while the club conducts a recruitment process for the new manager.”
Following the news, Todd has posted a statement on his Twitter which reads:
“Well I did not expect to be writing another statement so quick after my last one, but that is football for you.
I would like to wish everyone at the club who have supported me in my three months at the club the very best in the future.
When taken over this job I knew it was going to be a very challenging role on so many levels.
It is safe to say that in my 15 games in charge it has been hard work and demanding, but I can honestly say I have given and tried everything.
Out of the 12 league games in charge I have lost 8 and drawn 4, anyone who was there to watch them fixtures would know that in 10 of them we could have easily taken more points.
I believe if I had been given more time and resources I would have changed the club’s fortune, but in the world of football you don’t get given time and I understand that.
I will take this as a massive learning curve and will be back stronger than ever. Watch this space.”
Webb & Green’s first game as caretaker managers sees City travel to East Thurrock United on Saturday.