Stevenage sack Gary Smith

Gary Smith arrived from coaching in the USA. Photo: PA

League One outfit Stevenage have relieved manager Gary Smith of his duties having lost 13 of their last 18 games.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace today said, "it's always difficult when you have to replace the man in charge. Gary has done his best but the performances and results over the past few months have been worrying in the extreme.

"After a very promising start with a new squad, we have slipped alarmingly and the Board are concerned that the present management team may be unable to deliver the clubs vision of increasing attendances and developing players in a winning environment. We have waited longer than most others in similar circumstances, but we cannot in all good conscience continue to watch this downward spiral and do nothing.

"It's time for a change and we'll see who applies for the position. Meanwhile I'm indebted to skipper Mark Roberts who will, once again, step up and take charge whilst our search takes place."