Dolan sacking a baffling decision

First published in Search Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Editor

Sitting pretty in fifth place in the UniBond League Premier Division, occupying one of the play-off places and well-placed for promotion to the Blue Square North; games in hand over two of the teams above them; only three defeats in 15 league matches; still in the League Cup and FA Trophy.
With this in mind, when I was tipped off about some breaking news regarding Guiseley manager Terry Dolan on Friday, I immediately thought he had won the Manager of the Month award.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I was informed he had been sacked, I was gobsmacked.
Later that day I read the club’s reasons for terminating his contract, and laughed out loud.
Guiseley chairman Phil Rogerson said: “Basically we were disappointed at the progress that’s been made in the last 12 months. We felt we needed to make a change. We’ve lost two (league) games on the trot and we’re out of the FA Cup and we don’t seem to have made the progress we expected.”
Rogerson added: “It is not a crisis but our last three wins were by a single goal and some of those were very late on and were perhaps rather fortunate.
“We’ve got to act now, before it gets any worse.
“Also, the style we’ve played wasn’t attracting the support we would have expected for a team challenging for the league.”
It seems that only a 100 per cent record, achieved playing Samba-style football, is enough to save managers from the axe these days, wherever the club reside in the football pyramid.
Even the shambolic Steve McClaren was given until the end of the qualifying campaign before he was fired. Former City boss Dolan was ditched a month before Christmas, with the managerial merry-go-round already in full swing up and down the country.
It’s a case of deja vu at Nethermoor. In October last year Neil Parsley was given the chop, with the team lying third in the table. The reasons given by Rogerson in the T&A sounded very familiar.
“We’ve been considering this move for some time. It has nothing to do with results or performances on the field, they are just what we wanted.”
Whoever said football was a results-driven business?
Dolan turned to a well-known face when naming his assistant at Guiseley last year.
Mark Ellis played under Dolan when he was City manager and the former Bantams winger, now caretaker-manager, is hoping to land the Nethermoor job full time.
Here’s hoping for a fantastic run of form for Ellis. He’ll need one if he isn’t going to suffer the same fate as the previous two incumbents of the Guiseley hot-seat.

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