Manager Terry Brown Sacked By Wimbledon

Simon Bassey appointed caretaker

Wimbledon have sacked manager Terry Brown and his assistant Stuart Cash after the team's poor start to the League Two Season.

The announcement came the day after a home defeat by Torquay - the fourth defeat in a row.

Former player Simon Bassey has been appointed caretaker manager while the club look for a new boss.

Brown (left), the seventh-longest serving manager in English football, has been at the Dons since 2007 and led them through three promotions in four seasons.

In a statement on the club's website, he said: "Stuart and I felt that we had to get a couple of wins out of our home games and that if we lost both games then we would no longer be at the club. That is sad, but I will remember five absolutely fantastic years at the club.

"I cannot say I have enjoyed this season as it has not gone well, but my abiding memory will be our three promotions. I will never forget having the honour of being the manager who took Wimbledon back into the Football League.

"It is really important that whoever takes over this club understands the history of this great club and hopefully the next manager will win the matches to keep us in League 2 and maybe get us into League 1.

"I really feel as a manager that you have a timespan at a club, unless you are someone like Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, and can continually be successful. There comes a point when it is time to move on and maybe a club needs someone else. I may have a heavy heart at the moment, but I will be at Wycombe on Saturday supporting the boys".

Club chief executive Erik Samuelson said: "This is a terribly sad moment for all of us. Terry has been a wonderful manager and a fantastic ambassador for the club since we appointed him over five years ago.

"He and Stuart guided us from the Ryman League into the Football League and for that we will be forever grateful. On behalf of everyone at the club and all the fans, I’d like to thank them for everything they have done for us."

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September 19, 2012