Brabin sacked by Hatters as players are also criticised

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HATTERS boss Gary Brabin has been sacked by Luton Town in the wake of their 2-1 home defeat to play-off rivals York City on Friday night, while certain players have also come under fire.

A statement on the club’s website read: “Luton Town Football Club regretfully announce that Gary Brabin’s contract as first team manager has been terminated with immediate effect.

“The Board have reluctantly come to the decision following the team’s poor run of recent form that has seen the Hatters slip to sixth position in the Blue Square Bet Premier after a run of just one victory in seven league fixtures.

“With promotion still the club’s objective, the Board felt it necessary to relieve Gary of his duties following Friday night’s 2-1 home defeat to York City at Kenilworth Road.

“Prior to this decision, Gary had vowed to fight on despite recent poor results but, having failed to see a satisfactory improvement in performances and results which had been promised by himself and the players, the Board had no option in making the decision to terminate his contract.

“The Board felt the manner of the recent performances and results were unacceptable and while they believe it is right that Gary is, ultimately, accountable, they have also been dissatisfied and surprised with the attitude of certain members of the playing staff over the past month.

“Gary has been accepting and understanding of his departure and has been dignified and loyal to the club throughout.

“The club will now focus its attention on appointing a new manager to take it forward in the final month of the campaign in a bid to earn a position in the top five of the table.

“Alan Neilson and Paul Carden will take charge of the team for Tuesday night’s important Blue Square Bet Premier trip to Gateshead on Tuesday night.”