Manager sacked by telephone… during match!

Posted by - October 7, 2010 - Non-league, Oddballs

Although perhaps answering your phone during match is a sackable offence

An amateur club from Sussex has achieved the unenviable record of becoming the first team to sack their manager by telephone during a match. Chichester City gave manager Mark Poulton the boot as he sat in the dugout watching his side leading rivals Redhill 2-1 in a Sussex Charity Cup clash.

Poulton, who picked up £200-a-week for managing the Sussex County League One outfit, got the call during the second half.

He told The Sun: “I must be the first manager in football history to receive a call during a game to say that he had been fired. I couldn’t believe it. The club are a complete mess and a shambles – I’m better off out of it.”

Poulton stayed until the end of the match, which Chichester eventually lost 4-2.

He explained: “During the second half I had a call from Gary Walker, one of the directors, who said he was sorry to interrupt me and then told me I’d been sacked.

“It could not have come at a worse time as one of my young players, Nathan Paxton, had just been taken to hospital after breaking his jaw, cheekbone, nose and eye socket in a collision with their keeper. But there had been a lot going on ever since I started at Chichester and I feared it might end like this.”

Surely at least one Leicester manager must have been sacked in this manner?