BLUES owner Stephen Vaughan says Bobby Williamson’s departure was “inevitable” after the club’s poor run of form.
City have struggled since Christmas, picking up just five points from a dismal 14-game run.
Speaking after his decision to sack Williamson on Sunday, Vaughan said: “It was inevitable. We were running out of games and the club had to act.
“We’ve won three games in 21. We’ve won one this year. “I’ve tried me best to let it work for him (Williamson) but it just wasn’t to be.”
Vaughan admitted the decision to part company with Williamson was not taken lightly.
“I’ve backed Bobby all the way and Bobby knows very well that it was a hard decision to make,” said the City owner. “But it was a decision that we’ve got to make that puts the club first.
“We’ve had to make the change and give someone else the opportunity to keep us in the division.”
Vaughan hinted that he will be looking for a North West-based boss to take over from Williamson.
“I’m looking for a local man now,” he said. “And somebody who’s just got to do what’s required at this football club – and that’s win matches.”
An early front-runner for the vacant manager’s job at the Deva could be Gary Peters, who parted company with Shrewsbury Town today by mutual agreement.
Caretaker boss Simon Davies is also in the running, while Ken McKenna – manager of Welsh Premier League outfit TNS – has also been linked with the post.