Not the ideal start to new year for Hatters

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After a run of poor results, Stockport County decided to part company with manager Paul Simpson earlier this week in a move which surprised players and fans alike.

Just three wins in 19 matches has just simply not been good enough for the Stockport board of directors and, despite a few signs of improvement in some of the matches, the board felt that the time was right to make a change at management level and Simpson left the club with immediate effect.

The club has not tasted success since the fantastic play-off win over Rochdale in 2008 and have had to come through administration and an uncertain future that has also seen Gary Ablett and Simpson try and guide the club through uncertainty and troubled waters.

But even after chairman Alwin Thompson and his board saved the club, it was thought that the club could move forward with the appointment of Simpson as manager but this was not the case.

The club could never have been expected to challenge for major honours, survival was the main aim this season and anything else would have been a bonus.

Simpson had been working on a very tight budget indeed but was still able to bring in the talented George Donnelly and Wes Fletcher on loan and it was hoped that enough cash could have been raised to keep players such as these at the club.

Clubs like Stockport need players like Donnelly and Fletcher have given Stockport a glimmer of hope as there has been not much else to cheer in these troubled times.

Losing the last two matches against Morecambe 2-0 at home and Chesterfield 4-1 away, have sealed manager Simpson’s fate as they sit 21st in the table and oh so close to that dreaded drop zone.

As this year has started the managerial merry-go-round has already gone mad as managers seem to lose their jobs like the animals going on to Noah’s ark, on a two by two basis!

No matter who the next manager in charge of Stockport County Football Club is, the board have already said that they can look forward to at least four or five new faces coming through the doors at Edgeley Park this January transfer window, that can only be good news for the new manager and the long suffering fans of the club.

The club have aims and ambitions and let’s hope by the end not only of this season but of 2011, Stockport County are still in business and are once again a force to be reckoned with but it will take a lot of hard work both on and off the pitch.

This club needs the support of fans far and wide at this moment in time and hopefully the new year will see a turn of fortunes for the better!

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