Forfar Athletic have sacked their manager Dick Campbell after seven-and -a-half
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The decision was taken by the board on Saturday after a 1-0 defeat at home to Cowdenbeath left them without a win in the league in 11 games.
The club released a statement on Sunday afternoon which read “Following yesterday’s defeat by Cowdenbeath which brought our run to eleven league games and three months since we last won a league match, the Board of Directors decided that a change of management at the club was necessary.
“The decision to bring to an end Dick Campbell’s seven-and-a-half year tenure as manager of Forfar Athletic Football Club was obviously taken somewhat reluctantly and with a heavy heart and the board realises it will not be a universally or even perhaps locally popular one.”
“However, they felt that a change of direction was required as the club’s slide down the Ladbrokes League 1 table continued.
“It goes without saying that they would wish to thank Dick and his brother, Ian, for their contribution to Forfar Athletic since May of 2008 and they will always be welcome guests at Station Park at any time in the future.”
Coach John Young has also departed the club with the Campbell brothers.
Campbell took over with the Loons rock bottom of the Third Division in May 2008 and in two seasons had the club promoted with a play-off victory over rivals Arbroath. The following season he steered them to third in the Second Division albeit they were defeated in the play-off semis by Ayr United.
After struggling in 2011-2012, they reached the play-off semi finals once again but after going 3-1 ahead, red cards saw them crash out on aggregate to Dunfermline Athletic.
August 2013 saw Campbell lead Forfar to arguably their best result, defeating Rangers 2-1 in the League Cup after a Gavin Swankie double.
Last season Forfar were three points away from winning the League One Championship, edged out by Morton. They reached the play off final and won the first leg against Alloa 3-1 but lost the second leg 3-0 at Recreation Park to just miss out on promotion.
Veteran midfielder Martyn Fotheringham tweeted after the news broke “A man who first took me on loan 14 years ago, to have been my manager for last eight years. You need to have played for him to simply understand, just an absolute legend of a man.”
Captain Gavin Swankie added “Gutted at how this has ended for a legend at our club. As a group of players we did not do enough. He was more than just our manager, he was our friend. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long and be able to tell his stories to another group of lads.”
Rab Douglas was another player to tweet his gratitude for Campbell “Gutted for Dick Campbell who got me back into football after Dens, a great manager and a top guy. Ultimately as a group we let him down.”