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Margate Football Club sack manager Simon Osborn and his assistant Ian Docker

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Simon Osborn
Simon Osborn

Margate have sacked manager Simon Osborn and his assistant Ian Docker.

The pair were released after Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Bognor Regis, a defeat which saw the ‘Gate slip to 11th place in the Ryman Premier division.

Osborn, who joined the ’Gate coaching staff in January, was appointed joint manager with Craig Holloway in April and then sole manager last month when Holloway decided to concentrate on his goalkeeping duties.

Chairman Keith Piper said the club was disappointed to once again be looking for a new manager. “We are in a results game,” he said, “and results have not been good enough for the current management structure to be allowed to continue.”

Osborn, who played for several League clubs, including making 162 appearances for Wolves, said in a statement: “Following Saturday’s defeat, and after a conversation with the chairman, it was felt that with the club sitting 11th in the table but with the team under performing, we should part company.

“Ultimately the players perform under my directive and the buck stops with me. I’m disappointed as I know that the results will change but respect the club’s decision and will move on.

“I would like to thank all those involved at the club and the supporters for their help and support and hope the team start producing the performances that Margate FC and the fans deserve.”

Margate are at home to Billericay on Tuesday night and then on Saturday they are away to AFC Hornchurch.

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