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    Wycombe have "reluctantly agreed" to relieve John Gorman of his managerial duties.

    Wycombe Wanderers' manager John Gorman has left the club. In a statement released this afternoon, the club say they have relectantly agreed to release him, after 18 months in charge at the Causeway Stadium.

    Gorman, who took over in November 2004, had been on compassionate leave since April following the death of his wife Myra in March.

    The Wycombe board say they believe John Gorman needs a great deal more time and professional help to deal with the tragic loss of his wife.

    But in the meantime they say they need to continue with the operation of the football club and a financial package has been agreed with Gorman which he is satisfied with.

    It's been a desperately difficult time for all concerned at Wanderers. First there was Mark Philo's death in January, the details of which only fully emerged at yesterday's inquest (25 May 2006).

    Then the manager's wife lost her long battle with cancer. Initially Gorman returned to work, but stood down in April with Steve Brown and Keith Ryan taking over team affairs as Wycombe missed out on automatic promotion and then were knocked out of the play-offs by Cheltenham.

    Managing director Steve Hayes maintained that the manager would return, but have now taken the decision that he won't, and will begin the search for his replacement.

    A statement on the club's official website read: "The board believe John needs a great deal more time and professional help to deal with the tragic loss of his wife.

    "The directors and staff would like to thank John for his excellent contribution to the football club over the last 18 months."

    Meanwhile, John Gorman has revealed to BBC Three Counties Sport that he didn't want to leave.

    "I'm more than devastated to leave the club because it's a club that I love" he said.

    "I love the fans, I love the people who work with the club, and my staff and I had a great relationship with the Board.

    "I've got no problems whatsoever with them at all but in their opinion, the opinion of the Board, that's why they're releasing me. 

    "In my opinion, I'm ready to start work as soon as possible.... But I have to respect the opinion of the Board, if they feel it's in the best interests of the club then I have to accept that decision." 

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    last updated: 26/05/06
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    Derek Walker
    Like most others, I am embarrassed and angry that the board has let go one of our best-ever managers. To treat him like this suggests poor judgement on their part and a great lack of integrity and compassion. Even if they had their doubts, given what the man achieved this last seasonm, they could at least have let him start next year, and give him the chance to prove what he coud do - not that he has anything to prove. I wish him every success at Northampton.

    IanN
    One stupid decision (to sell Tyson - are the board happy with the money that cost us promotion?)followed by a difficult one. The decision re JG must have been tough, but that in no way excuses the way it was handled. There are no guaranteed winning successors out there - unless the chairman has a direct line to Mo'N Let's hope he gets lucky, eh?

    ron bradley
    l am shocked and angry that the club l supported for over 40 years have made a terrible mistake in sacking john, they have made errors before, but the takes the biscuit.best manager we have had for years,What the hell is going on in that board room, they are the ones that should go.l can only wish john all the best on behalve of most of as supporters l know nobody who agrees with the board.

    Dave and Jackie Bevan from Little Chalfont
    As a season ticket holders we have,like many others,an interest in what happens at Wycombe .This is has been handled by a board who have the management skills of Attilla the Hun.John was happy to come back so he should have done so.This year we had a new management set up with Keith Ryan and Steve Brown and just missing out on the play offs tells me the future was very bright,or it was until John Gorman was sacked.Any chance of a statement from the board giving us mere mortals an indication of the reasoning behind this astonishing idea that John Gorman was not good for the club.I do not think so!!!!!!!!!!!!

    David Lander
    I guess the Club think they are doing the right thing. The least they could have done was to invite John into the director's box at Cheltenham. It would have given him a boost, made him feel 'wanted', and also it would have given the players and fans alike a boost. The Club should be ashamed in treating such a genuine person as John, in such a way. I spoke to John a couple of weeks ago and he was devasted that he could not be involved in any way. The Club will rue the day that he was 'released'. He was a breath of fresh air at Wycombe. Another club will benefit from this ill-conceived action. I, along with all the fans, and the staff at Wycombe Wanderers wish John all the very best for the future. David Lander Jack Nash Ron Langston John Adams John & Chris Burnard Roger Hildred Martin Jones Bob Bull Sue Stroud and countless others

    G Paul
    My thoughts on this are quite simple, The Board made a decision, Personally I think it was The wrong one but no matter what all the supporters thoughts are the decision has been made and No U-turn should even be considered like some fans are suggesting. That would make even more of a mockery of our Club and Board. Whether right or wrong, only Time will tell, If a new manager wins us promotion next season all the drones will be congratulating Steve Hayes and the board for a master stroke, If not then There will be all hell braking loose but one things for sure Now is not the time to decide if it is a right or wrong choice.

    gozzy
    i go to evry home game and most away, when im at those games i can see what gorman has done for us. hes got some great players, tommy mooney, robert lee, sergio torres etc. and with these new players we played football way above our leage. i dont know why they sacked him, he says that he is ready to come back let him and let him prove himself. hes the greatest manager whe have had since martin o'neil, thats saying something.

    John Goodman
    Wycombe have made a great mistake in releasing John Gorman. they won't get anyone better than him, for sure.

    david
    sacking john is a big mistake, hes brought great players to the club like mooney, lee, sergio etc, and the players are playing the best football i have ever seen, thats why we had 21 games unbeaton.

    John Meyrick
    Totally agree. Next manager must be someone who understands the rough & tumble of the lower leagues. Glen Hoddle @ Wolves achieved almost as many draws and low goal scoring as his clone Gorman. In Div 2 you don't try and walk the ball into the net. And you build from the back. Especially in the winter on a pitch used for Rugby too. Every game i have been to I have felt that if the othr team left the pitch and Wycombe had it to themselves they still would not score. Next manager? Martin O'Neil. Local. Does not need the money.Part time? Full time? Can still be familly close.

    kerry keeble
    I feel that John Gorman was and still is the perfect manager for WWFC. As a season ticket holder I feel that JG was unfairly relieved of his duties and he knows by his own feelings when he is ready for his return. My family have not renewed their season tickets and at this time feel that they will not do so. JG has been treated poorly by the management at WWFC due to his unfortunate circumstances and as a supporter of WWFC feel very let down that you could even think about dismissing this man of his duties......

    Pas Philo
    This decision shows there is no sentiment in football. John has made the team play the best football I have ever seen from a Wycombe team, and in my opinion were just unlucky not to win League 2. We were by far the best team with the best manager. We made the mistake first time around choosing Tony Adams, over John Gorman, when he had the team playing great football in his care-taker role. NB. The teams promoted from League 2 all played controlled football, something John always encouraged his team to play.

    peter belcher
    How sorry to hear that John Gorman is going.I feel sure that if he had been allowed to stay he would have come back stronger. A ggod manager has gone I only hope the club don't regret the decision to release him. Good luck John for the future

    Ben Fletcher
    Its unbelievable what the wycombe board has been up to in the last couple of years! Letting Adams do what he wanted at the club and letting him to critice the club however he liked, yet it took the board ages to let him go. And now 'sacking' Gorman when he has proven himself TWICE at the club he admires and loves is absolutley disgracefull! Sack the board!

    lee
    i cant belive beeks has let him go he is the best manager wycombe have had for a long time you will be sadly missed john good luck with your next club

    Luke and Mark Bird
    We feel it is absolutely disgraceful the way the club have treated this situation. Only John knows himself how he is feeling and no one else can tell him how he is feeling emotionally. The interview summed it up, John was ready and raring to go but to us it seemed like there was an underlying motive in there in relieving him of his duties. We are both angry at this decision as we feel that John is the right man for this tough job at Wycombe Wanderers who seemed to love his job at the club. We wish him well with whatever he does but are sad to see him go. Luke and Mark

    Ray
    there are many wycombe fans who are very angry about this and would like to try and get John gorman reinstated. Heard his interview and is clearly stunned and upset about this decision. Please john Gorman if you see or read this could you give us a bit of time to fight for you to be reinstated. it clearly is a mistake and you are worth fighting for. After all it wasn't a bad season we are still in the league. I thought Managers lost their job if they were in relegation. Look what happened to Bristol city when they got rid of Danny Wilson Goodness knows how many times did Leeds not win the old first division championship in the 60/70's. Leeds never sacked Don Revie!

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