Aldershot Town sack manager Danny Searle after poor start to National League season
Danny Searle has become the first National League manager to be sacked this season after Aldershot Town confirmed his departure.
The decision has been made with the Shots sitting third bottom with just one win from their first seven games.
They started the new campaign with five straight defeats, including on the opening day against Chesterfield, before winning at Southend United and collecting a point at Wealdstone on Saturday.
Searle had been in charge since summer 2019, leading them to finishes of 18th and 15th. They reached the FA Trophy quarter-final last season.
Aldershot chairman Shahid Azeem said: “This has been a very difficult decision for the board to make, particularly with Danny taking over at the club in challenging times from the beginning, as we were unsure what league we would be in back in 2019-20 and also the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the 2020-21 season too, which didn’t see us start the season until October 2020 without any supporters in the grounds too.
“This season has also seen us face a difficult start, but despite this Danny has given his all during these tough times and we are extremely thankful for his efforts."
He added: “Danny is a well-qualified and fantastic individual with great morals and ethics and has been a great asset for the club during this time with a number of improvements in a number of areas during this time.
“Both Danny and his family have played a pivotal part during their time involved with the club and we move on with the feeling, they will continue to remain friends with the club.”