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5 March 2012 : Pitman Continues A Bad Week For Physios-Turned-Managers
The last day or two has not been good for physios wanting to try their hand at first team management. Hot on the heels of Les Parry losing his job at Tranmere Rovers, another club physio who moved up the ranks has lost his job. Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jamie Pitman has been sacked by League Two strugglers Hereford United, despite winning his last game in charge on Saturday - a 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon.

It would appear that Pitman's fate was pre-determined regardless of what he did over the weekend, given that the Bulls plan to announce his replacement later today. Pitman's side had not won in their preceding seven matches, leaving them dangerously close to the trap door in 21st place, and two points above the safety line. The move to fire Pitman will be an expensive one, given that he had a deal running until the summer of 2013, having been rewarded with a new deal after keeping them afloat at the end of last season.

Jamie had been in charge since October 2010, having returned to Edgar Street for a third spell in August 2008 as their club physio, following two spells there as a player. In between that, he'd had two spells working under Colin Lippiatt, first at Yeovil Town between 1998 and 2000, and then at Woking when Lippiatt left Huish Park. He has also had a spell as an assistant manager at Forest Green Rovers, just prior to hanging up his playing boots.

His record at Hereford saw him gain 22 wins and 26 draws from his 80 matches in charge at Edgar Street. General speculation at the Bulls end is that they will replace him with Richard O'Kelly, who was assistant manager under Graham Turner for a couple of years, and also has coaching experience at Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers, currently holding a position at Walsall.


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