Newport County sack manager Warren Feeney

NEWPORT, WALES - SEPTEMBER 03: Newport County manager Warren Feeney during the Sky Bet League Two match between Newport County and Barnet at Rodney Parade on September 3, 2016 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images)
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Newport sack Warren Feeney

Following a poor start to the 2016-17 season which saw just one win in 11 games, Newport’s board of directors have removed manager Warren Feeney. In a statement on the club’s website both Warren Feeney and his assistant Andy Todd have left the club.

Newport have handed temporary control to first-team coaches Sean McCarthy and James Bittner. The club will be expected to move quickly to announce a replacement. Mark Yates, the former Crawley Town manager, is already the bookmakers’ favourite for the role and was interviewed for the poistion in 2015, losing out to former England international Terry Butcher

Time at Newport

Feeney joined Newport from Linfield in October 2015 as assistant to manager John Sheridan. The former Northern Ireland international was promoted to the top job following Sheridan’s move to Oldham Athletic to become their manager. He managed to ensure that Newport finished above the relegation zone, despite only one win in their final 12 league games.

During the summer of 2016, he set about rebuilding the Newport squad. 14 players left for pastures new while he brought in 12 new faces to Rodney Parade. On paper almost every signing was a better quality player and there was an optimism that the club could improve on the previous campaign.

However, a poor start to the current season with just one win in the club’s opening 11 games added to a home form which has not seen a win since March. This has forced the club’s board to act. The final straw was yesterday’s 1-0 loss away at Grimsby Town.

Newport County Record

During his time at Newport County, Warren Feeney was in charge of 34 games in all competitions, winning and drawing seven games each while losing 20. This gave Warren a win percentage of just 20%. His side scored a total of 30 goals while conceding a grand total of 48.