Next weekend's opponents AFC Bournemouth have this evening sacked manager Lee Bradbury after a poor run of results. Having been manager since January 2011, the former player has been removed from his duties following their 0-1 away defeat against Oldham Athletic.
The recent statistics against Bradbury are fairly damning. One win in their last nine matches, with six defeats and just three goals scored in that period. That's not good when you've been given £800,000 to spend on a striker - Matt Tubbs, signed from Crawley Town - financed by Bournemouth's new Russian co-owner Maxim Demin.
Only three days ago, Chairman Eddie Mitchell gave Bradbury a vote of confidence saying that this season they had achieved their targets explaining:
"We've done what we set out to do, we've established ourselves in this league. We want success more than anybody but you can't get it overnight. We've gone a series of games [without winning] but so what?"
So what, indeed. Three days later, Bradbury has been shown the door, leaving his side in 13th place in the League One table. Youth team manager Paul Groves and head of youth Shaun Brooks have been placed in charge until the end of the 2011-12 season, and so will be in charge against Yeovil Town next Saturday.
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