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Gainsborough Trinity relieve manager Dave Frecklington and assistant Terry Fleming from their duties

Gainsborough Trinity have sacked manager Dave Frecklington and his assistant Terry Fleming with the club hovering one point above the National League North relegation zone.

Frecklington joined Trinity in February 2017 after impressing at Evo-Stik South side Spalding United.

He kept the club up on the final day of last season but Gainsborough have experienced similar troubles again this time around, with a 5-0 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night the tipping point for the Trinity hierarchy.

A club statement read: “Manager, David Frecklington and his Assistant, Terry Fleming have today been relieved of their duties with immediate effect. The Board of Directors, led by Chairman Richard Kane have moved swiftly to give the Football Club the best possible opportunity of remaining in the Vanarama National League North.

“With thirteen games and 39 points up for grabs between now and the end of the season, it was felt that a change at the helm could have a similar impact to that of Craig Elliot at Boston; Tom Greaves at FC United or Chris Moyses at Alfreton, all who have hit the ground running and strung positive results together quickly. Results that look to have moved them away from danger.

“The decision, however, has not been taken lightly due to some of the fantastic achievements Dave and Terry have overseen, keeping us up last season and winning the Lincolnshire County Cup under the lights at the Martin & Co Arena.

“Added to that, reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, the journey, the adventure we went on during that run will live long in the memory. Not to mention the funds that run has brought into the club being a valuable shot in the arm.

“Unfortunately, a mixed run of results and the club sitting just above the relegation zone, we felt we had no choice but to act quickly. An announcement on a replacement will be made in due course.”

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