Ex Scunthorpe United boss Nick Daws has released a statement via the League Manager’s Association, admitting the team’s performances had fallen below the level expected in his last two games in charge.
Daws, who was sacked last month following a 5-0 defeat to Fleetwood also passed on his best wishes to new Iron boss Stuart McCall.
The statement read: “Following a short period of reflection, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone connected with Scunthorpe United for making the past four years such an enjoyable journey. In particular, thank you to the Chairman Peter Swann, his family and the club’s directors, for placing their faith in me to manage such a great club over two spells as caretaker manager before offering me the opportunity to take the job permanently in May.
“During this period, I have worked alongside many talented and hard working people and made lifelong friendships. Furthermore, the support my family and I have received from the supporters will always be remembered.
“It goes without saying that having lost narrowly in last season’s League One Play Off Semi Final to Rotherham United, the summer saw an extended period of transition. Having sold key players to Championship Clubs, lost a number of senior players to injury for extensive periods during pre season and recruiting five new players in the final two weeks prior to the start of the season, the starting team for our opening fixture at Coventry featured only one player from the final game of 2017-18.
“On reflection, I fully understand the level of performance and results in my final two league games fell below the level expected, but believed that it was going to take time to rebuild and achieve the level of consistency of previous seasons.
“Whilst my time at the club came to an end sooner than I had hoped for, I am immensely proud of my accomplishments at Scunthorpe United, firstly in helping to retain and establish League One status before attaining successive Play Off Semi Final appearances and achieving a 40% win ratio when in charge.
“Having dedicated my time to being 1st Team Coach, Assistant Manager and Manager over the past 4 seasons, I am refreshed and ready for my next challenge in the game.
“Finally, can I reiterate my thanks to Scunthorpe United and pass on my best wishes to my successor, Stuart McCall.”