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Walsall hold open day to repay fans for promotion faith

While most League One teams have had two games this weekend, Walsall haven't had any during the international break.

So with a bit of time on their hands, the Saddlers held an open day to give fans the chance to meet their star players.

They're hoping their supporters can keep backing them for an automatic promotion push to the Championship. Matt Ratcliffe reports.

O'Driscoll: 'I wish them the best for the rest of the season'

Walsall FC have 'parted company' with Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll Credit: PA Wire

Walsall FC have parted company with head coach Sean O' Driscoll.

The 58-year-old leaves the club after just 16 games at the helm. The club are currently sitting in fourth place in League One but have experienced a winless six-game run.

"I am extremely disappointed for the players, their performances over the past month have not gained the points they deserved," O'Driscoll said.

"This is a different phase of the season, and as we have repeatedly seen, teams have recognised the team’s strengths from the first half of the campaign and prepared to counter that when facing us.

"But the players deserve enormous credit for adapting, finding different ways to play and maintaining their performance levels even, at times, in the face of frustration and disappointment.

"They are a close group whose success so far has been built on the trust, understanding and respect among them. I wish them the best for the rest of the season."

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BREAKING: Walsall 'part company' with Sean O'Driscoll

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Walsall FC have parted company with head coach Sean O' Driscoll following Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by League One promotion rivals Barnsley.

The club's CEO thanked O'Driscoll for his work at the club in a brief statement.

Stefan Gamble said: "On behalf of the Board we thank Sean for his time, effort and dedication during his short spell at the Club and wish him well for the future."

Video: Walsall fans praise their team's performance despite heavy Chelsea loss

James O'Connor celebrates scoring Walsall's only goal against Chelsea Credit: PA

Walsall fans have praised their team's performance despite the League One side losing 4-1 at home to Premier League champions Chelsea.

James O'Connor's goal put the hosts on the score sheet, but Chelsea proved too strong as they knocked Walsall out of the Capital One Cup in the third round.

ITV News Central spoke to Walsall fans after the match last night.

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Walsall fans 'absolutely ecstatic' about Chelsea clash

Walsall face Chelsea in the next round Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Walsall supporters are 'absolutely ecstatic' about the prospect of facing Premier League Champions Chelsea next month.

The Blues will face League One Walsall in the third round of the Capital One Cup on the 22nd September.

ITV News Central spoke to Steve Davies, Secretary of Walsall Supporters Trust about the prospect of hosting Chelsea in the next round.

Walsall reveal new away kit ahead of pre-season friendly

The Saddlers have revealed their new white and blue away kit for the 2015/16 football season.

The team are back in action today taking on Premier League neighbours, Aston Villa, in a pre-season friendly.

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