Tudors axe their manager

Relegation-threatened Hemel Hempstead Town have sacked Gary Phillips after less than six months in charge.

The former Barnet goalkeeper was shown the door today (Tuesday) after a run of results which saw his side win just once in 12 games.

The news was announced on the club's website.

A statement read: "The club has today parted company with manager Gary Phillips.

"The club would like to thank Gary for all his hard work and effort he has given to the club during his time here and would like to wish him all the very best for the future."

Phillips becomes the fourth boss to part company with the Vauxhall Road club in just 13 months.

He took over from previous incumbent Dennis Greene after leaving his previous post at Grays Athletic.

Steve Bateman and Paul Byrne were the other occupiers of the role during that time.

Phillips leaves the club lingering in 21st place in the Zamaretto Southern Premier League – second from bottom – with relegation looking almost inevitable at the end of the season.

His last game in charge was a 2-1 loss at home to Didcot Town on Saturday.

Tommy Black scored the Tudors' only goal from a free kick late in the first half in another disappointing defeat for the reds.

For the full story and reaction see this week's Gazette, out on Wednesday.