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FOOTBALL: Reds ditch boss Adams
KNUTSFORD have sacked manager Chris Adams less than three months into the Cheshire League season.
Reds chairman Jimmy Evans told the Guardian that the former Altrincham player had left Manchester Road following Saturday’s JB Parker Challenge Cup success at Gamesley.
Adams was sent off towards the end of an ill-tempered first round encounter as punishment for his reaction to a goal that temporarily hauled the home team level during the second half of extra time.
He leaves with the Division One champions placed second in the standings but with a disciplinary record that includes more than a dozen cautions and three red cards from 12 competitive matches this term.
Two players – Lee Mannion and Liam Myers – are currently serving suspensions for violent conduct and improper conduct respectively. Evans, assisted by former manager Paul Schofield’s right hand man John Ferguson, will pick the team for this weekend’s crunch league encounter with pacesetters Garswood United.
The two teams are currently tied on points at the table’s summit, though Reds have played one more match.
“John and I know the players well and we will look to continue the club’s winning ways at the same time as restoring a disciplined attitude,” said Evans.
“The search starts now for Chris’ replacement, and we’ll be looking for somebody with a specific set of characteristics; they are to play football the right way, and to do it with a disciplined attitude.”
Ferguson was part of a coaching team that helped Schofield to deliver back-to-back Cheshire League titles in the past two seasons.
Adams was appointed in April after guiding Navigation Bay to first place in the Premier Division of the Altrincham and District Sunday League.
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