BREAKING NEWS: Gary Smith leaves Stevenage

Gary Smith has left his role as Stevenage boss

Gary Smith has left his role as Stevenage boss - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE have announced that they have parted company with manager Gary Smith.

The decision follows last night’s 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Bury, which has left Boro still flirting with danger themselves in League 1.

A run of 13 defeats in their last 18 games since December is believed to be the primary reason for the decision.

Club captain Mark Roberts has been placed in temporary charge until a new manager can be appointed.

Speaking to the club website, chairman Phil Wallace said: “It’s always difficult when you have to replace the man in charge. Gary has done his best but the performances and results over the past few months have been worrying in the extreme.

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“After a very promising start with a new squad, we have slipped alarmingly and the board are concerned that the present management team may be unable to deliver the clubs vision of increasing attendances and developing players in a winning environment.

“We have waited longer than most others in similar circumstances, but we cannot in all good conscience continue to watch this downward spiral and do nothing.

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“It’s time for a change and we’ll see who applies for the position. Meanwhile I’m indebted to skipper Mark Roberts who will, once again, step up and take charge whilst our search takes place.”

Boro find themselves in 15th spot on 49 points, 11 points clear of Scunthorpe United who occupy the final relegation spot.

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