Forest Green Rovers Set To Make Huge Managerial Decision

Forest Green Rovers boss Troy Deeney is reportedly set to be sacked just six games into his managerial career following his post-match outburst against Harrogate Town.

The Ex-Watford striker berated his players after the final whistle, with the 35-year-old apologising for his comments towards Fankaty Dabo in the media interview afterwards.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “We’re all learning on the job. I let my emotions get the best of me at times.

“As a player, you can obviously say what you want. Listen, I still stand by what I said but probably shouldn’t have let that out.

“I’ve already spoken to Dabo and apologised but I expect high standards.”

Journalist Gary Stonehouse is reporting that Deeney, who was appointed by the club on December 20th, has now been relieved of his duties. During his time at the Nailsworth club, Deeney failed to win a single game and are currently bottom of League Two.

The role at Rovers was the striker’s first venture into management, having joined the club in the summer from Birmingham City in a player role. Deeney was then appointed as player-manager following the sacking of David Horseman.

In an interview with the Mail Online, Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said that his manager made “a mistake” in publicly blasting his players following the loss to the Sulphurites, adding: “I know that he apologised for it, so I think he sees that. I think it was wrong to talk to the players in that way. Some of the things he said were just wrong, they were harsh, they were wrong.

“I don’t think that’s the way to coach people, to bring a team of people together. I think it was probably driven by emotion. He was frustrated by the end of that game, but we’re all human and stuff happens.

“I haven’t had the chance to speak to him, but I will.”

Writer’s View

Troy Deeney’s time at Forest Green has certainly been a chaotic spell, and it now seems that it is coming to a close. His post-match interview following the loss to Harrogate was just unnecessary and disrespectful to his players during a time when the ex-pro was already under intense scrutiny. He had already looked to have lost the dressing room, and the comments made by Vince tonight seemed to be the final nail in the coffin.

It was less than a month ago that the club made the risky decision to appoint Deeney to the role full-time whilst in the middle of a relegation battle. Whilst having some encouraging signs in his debut in the dugout against Gillingham, the situation quickly spiralled out of control. Forest Green’s next appointment has to be a markered change from the previous manager, as the club will not want a repeat of the events of the past few weeks.


About Lewis Gray 121 Articles
Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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