Former Yeovil Town striker Howard Forinton has quit as manager of Woodford United after less than two months in charge. The 36 year old had taken up his first position in management at earlier this season with the Southern League Division One Central side, having previously been with them as a player during the 2009-10 season.
However, he has suffered a baptism of fire in that role, with Woodford currently rooted to the bottom of the table on zero points. Their record of 12 defeats, three goals scored and 34 conceded has left them with an uphill battle, and although Forinton has only been in charge for part of that period, he has been unable to arrest the slide. He blames the situation on a rapidly diminishing player budget that has left him unable to sign players:
"I was given assurances before I took over that the budget wouldn’t be cut. But last Tuesday the budget was reduced by 60 per cent and that meant three players I had just signed wouldn’t come. If it had happened after five months I could have accepted it but I’m disappointed it happened after just five weeks. But I fully understand that the future of the club comes first and they’ve done fantastic to stay at this level for such a long time. I told all the players of my decision before Saturday."
Meanwhile former midfielder Terry Connor is back in football management two months after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 49 year old had been Wolves first team manager for three months at the end of the 2011-12 season, but was unable to stop their relegation from the Premier League. Having been part of the Wolves set-up since August 1999, he was initially kept on the coaching staff under new manager Stale Solbakken, but left Molineux in September.
With Mick McCarthy having been appointed as Ipswich Town's new manager today, he has recruited Connor as his assistant, having previously worked as McCarthy's assistant for three and a half years until McCarthy's sacking in February that saw Connor briefly take the reins.
Finally, Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker is reported as being amongst eleven people who the Serbian police plan to issue with criminal charges in the wake of an on the pitch brawl at the end of the Euro 2013 Under-21 play-off match against Serbia, apparently sparked by racist abuse and objects being thrown at England players, notably Danny Rose, who was dismissed on the final whistle.
Although formal charges have not been issued, BBC Sport believe Caulker, team-mate Tom Lees and assistant manager Steve Wigley are to be charged. Within the Serbian ranks, four players, an assistant coach and three Serbian supporters are reported to be facing charges. The Serbian FA have already issued lengthy bans to two players and two coaching staff, so it would be reasonable to assume that these will be amongst the names that will be released shortly. Current thinking is that Caulker, Lees and Wigley will not be summoned to Serbia to face charges, with the public prosecutor expected to hand over their file to British authorities instead.
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